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This man is suspected to be Christopher Neil, who used a swirl filter on his face in images depicting sex acts with children.  (Source: Interpol)

A photo of Neil taken by Thai immigration officials on October 11.  (Source: Interpol)

A photo of Neil submitted to Interpol (left) and one of the unscrambled photos of the suspect (right).  (Source: Interpol)
Interpol finds success in blasting the man’s face across the internet

As it turns out, Interpol’s pleas for help in searching for the “swirly-faced” child molester have met with success: Canadian national Christopher Neil – the man behind the Photoshop filter – was found and arrested in Thailand, on suspicion of sex crimes against young boys.
 
According to local police reports, Neil had been in Thailand for not more than a week, abruptly leaving his teaching position in South Korea immediately after his picture was broadcast worldwide. He was spotted by airport security cameras in Thailand, sporting a shaved head and glasses. To quote Reuters, the search for Neil was “a manhunt to rival [the] search for JonBenet Ramsey murder suspect Mark Karr.”
 
Thailand issued a warrant for Neil’s arrest, based on accusations that he paid for oral sex from two Thai teenagers, who were aged 9 and 14 at the time. A trace was executed on Neil’s boyfriend’s cell phone, and he was pinpointed to a remote province called Nakhon Ratchasima, about 150 miles northeast of Bangkok and “well off the normal tourist trail.” The two had been travelling around to different provinces and were “probably on the run,” said tourist police chief Chuchart Suwannakom.
 
Interpol was originally apprehensive about posting the unscrambled photographs online, partly because it would signal to other crooks that they were capable of descrambling the swirl pattern – and possibly other obfuscation techniques – and partly out of respect for the perpetrator’s family and privacy. However, it was decided that the need to find him outweighed these concerns, and so his image was posted online a little over a week ago. The response was nothing short of torrential: over 200 different responses were received within the first 12 hours of the posting.
 
It appears that this case is closed, as Interpol has mountains of photographic evidence against the suspect. If convicted, Neil faces up to 20 years in a Thai prison, notwithstanding additional punishment from his home country of Canada, which has laws against child sex crimes committed abroad, if it chooses to seek extradition.



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By rippleyaliens on 10/22/2007 10:45:23 PM , Rating: 2
Well the mention of Rape in Prison etc...
1. Rape is the least of this guys concern.
2. GANG rape now, that is a different story.
3. Beat up.. Well MOST convicts have children, and the thought of something like this guy, is just icing on the cake.
4. WORST.. he becomes property of one of the prison gangs.. and trust me on this, that is a fate worse then getting raped. That is the fact that you are GangRAPED daily, and rented as property. This dude is gonna be hurting.

NOW if he is lucky, in which i for see this. HE will be in solitare. MEANING 23 hours a day lock down. Food through a hole in the door. NO communication to the outside world. 1 hr of exercise, ALONE. So no matter what happens he is kinda jammed. (ROFL). Solitare makes you crazy.. in general population he is just meat. I know of a man who beat his child to death, and put in microwave.. Lets just say, that he was reminded , every hour on the hour.. Convicts do not like rapists, baby killers, or people who beat kids. LET alone a man found molesting boys= a very, long, long long long time to pay for this.. AND long in MANYY WAYS...




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