INTERPOL Seeks Man Who Preys on Boys
19 October 2007: Ten days after Interpol pleaded with the public to find a pedophile police believe molested boys from southeastern Asia, Thailand authorities arrested schoolteacher Christopher Paul Neil of Canada.
Paul Neil, 32, stands accused of molesting at least 12 boys --one of which has now come forward in Thailand-- and for posting child pornography on the Internet. Paul Neil is also accused of kidnapping and illegal detention of a boy under the age of 15.
The suspect had been teaching in Seoul when his digital photograph was remastered to remove the swirls meant to blur the pedophile's face. He shaved his head and fled to Bangkok on 11 October. At that time, a mug was captured by security cameras in Bangkok that matched the unblurred photographs distributed by German police via Interpol.
8 October 2007: Interpol made an unprecedented public plea to find one man investigators believe sexual abused at least 12 boys in Vietnam and Cambodia a few years ago.
Pictures of the man and the boys have been distributed across pornography websites as a way for the man to gain entry into online pedophile rings.
While the man attempted to disguise his face in the photographs with boys, federal police in Germany (Bundeskriminalamt) were able to digitally re-master the man's face to help identify the pedophile.
Interpol made the public plea since efforts to find the man have failed so far.
"For years, images of this man sexually abusing children have been circulating on the Internet," Interpol secretary general Ronald Noble said.
"We have tried all other means to identify and to bring him to justice, but we are now convinced that without the public's help this sexual predator could continue to rape and sexually abuse young children whose ages appear to range from six to early teens."
The man is thought to be of European descent and in the age range of mid-30s to early 40s.
Pictures of the man sexually abusing boys were identified by German police in 2004 and believed to have been taken in 2002 and 2003. Some photographs were shot outdoors and investigators determined the location was Cambodia, meaning the man was visiting one or both of those nations during that time.
Interpol's database child sexual abuse contains some 520,000 images submitted by 36 member states.
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