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BANGKOK (Reuters) - Canadian paedophile suspect Christopher Neil, unmasked by nifty computer work by German police and a unique Interpol Internet appeal, was arrested in rural Thailand on Friday after a week-long manhunt.

Thai police said they had picked up the 32-year-old, accused of raping young boys in Vietnam and Cambodia several years ago, in the province of Nakhon Ratchasima, 250 km (150 miles) northeast of Bangkok and well off the normal tourist trail.

Neil was no stranger to Thailand, having once taught in a Bangkok language school, but his hiding place was revealed by a trace on the cellphone of his Thai boyfriend, tourist police chief Chuchart Suwannakom told Reuters.

"They went together to different provinces, probably on the run, and the last call made was from Nakhon Ratchasima," Chuchart said. "So I sent my men there."

Thai police issued a warrant for Neil's arrest on Thursday, exactly a week after he fled South Korea, after two Thai teenagers accused him of paying for oral sex when they were 9 and 14, grounds for prosecution under Thai law.

He was to be paraded before reporters at national police headquarters in Bangkok later on Friday.

Detectives in various countries had been trying to track Neil down since German police discovered photographs on the Internet three years ago of a man sexually abusing 12 boys in Vietnam and Cambodia.

His face had been scrambled with a digital swirling pattern, but German police computer experts managed to unravel the disguise and Interpol issued an unprecedented worldwide appeal through the Internet for information on who the man was.

More than 350 people came forward and Neil was identified by five sources from three different continents, Interpol said.

Neil abruptly left South Korea, where he was teaching, after Interpol broadcast his cleaned-up photograph and flew to Thailand, where he was photographed with shaved head and glasses by airport security cameras.

Thailand and its neighbours immediately alerted border posts in case he tried to sneak across a land frontier as Thai police launched a manhunt to rival their search a year ago for JonBenet Ramsey murder suspect John Mark Karr.

Karr was arrested in a run-down Bangkok hostel and sent back to the United States, where he was eventually cleared of any involvement in Ramsey's murder, one of America's most infamous unsolved crimes.

Neil could face up to 20 years in jail if convicted in Thailand. It is not know whether Canada -- which can prosecute its citizens for child sex crimes committed abroad -- will seek extradition.

Cambodia and Vietnam might also want to question him.
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Quote by JC13
That guy was in my news paper this morning! Sick man and I hate to say this, but I disagree with Aqua.. Death is the easy way out.


Agreed, let him spend some time in prison first, so the other inmates can teach him a lesson.

Although let's not let this turn into a debate about the death penalty, or whatever.

(I know no ones arguing yet, just trying to prevent it)
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Quote by Minkaro
Agreed, let him spend some time in prison first, so the other inmates can teach him a lesson.

Although let's not let this turn into a debate about the death penalty, or whatever.

(I know no ones arguing yet, just trying to prevent it)


Then they should kill him. That was what I was getting at.
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Quote by Aqua Dementia
I hope he gets killed in prison.


Ya sure the people outside won't do it first?
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dude that guy tried to become a priest in my town!
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Our society has a strange and sick obsession with random pedophiles that really grosses me out, and that includes the people that seem to get excited talking about how much they want them to die. But we'll set that aside for now.

All I'm going to say is this: he was a former seminary student ("not recommended for the priesthood) and worked with the military and he was an ESL teacher in Thailand. Do you really need to have some complex techno-investigation where you despiral some part of a child porn pic to figure out he's probably into kids?
Quote by Meths
Really, it's quite gutting that we'll all be dead by the time the earth is entirely underwater because I really want to stick your head underwater while standing on Everest and say "if sea levels aren't rising, HOW COME YOU'RE DYING?!"
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Quote by jammoe
All I'm going to say is this: he was a former seminary student ("not recommended for the priesthood) and worked with the military and he was an ESL teacher in Thailand. Do you really need to have some complex techno-investigation where you despiral some part of a child porn pic to figure out he's probably into kids?


No, but I agree with your statement about society's obsession with pedos. Too bad the pedos they'll meet are usually someone they already know quite well.
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Quote by Minkaro
My guitar was made in Korea. There's a link for you.


Lol. Haha, good one. John Mark Karr - Johnny Marr. Whoa, thats guitar related!
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Quote by jammoe
Our society has a strange and sick obsession with random pedophiles that really grosses me out, and that includes the people that seem to get excited talking about how much they want them to die. But we'll set that aside for now.

All I'm going to say is this: he was a former seminary student ("not recommended for the priesthood) and worked with the military and he was an ESL teacher in Thailand. Do you really need to have some complex techno-investigation where you despiral some part of a child porn pic to figure out he's probably into kids?


It's really not the point. They didn't just stumble upon some guy who checked all these boxes and arrested him, he'd appeared in hundreds of pictures disguised, then they tracked him.

God, to see the look on his face when his unscrambled face was shown across the world.
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