Pattaya Daily News

20 October 2007 :: 16:10:29 pm 40331

LATEST UPDATE ON THE ARREST OF SUSPECTED PEDOPHILE

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On 19 October 2007, at 3 PM, at the National Police Office, Deputy Police Commissioner, Police General Wong-got Maneerin, with police officers, as well as, Tourist Police Superintendent Police Colonel Apichart Suriboonya, representatives of Interpol and the Canadian Embassy in Thailand, joined in the announcement of the arrest of Mr. Christopher Paul Neil, under arrest warrant No. 2216/2550.
Police General Wong-got revealed that Interpol and the Thai Police had cooperated in apprehending Mr. Neil, who had entered Thailand on 11 October 2007. He was tracked down to an unnumbered house in an industrial area, Moo 5, Nonglawiang, Mueng, Nakornrachasima Province, where he was staying with a Thai friend, “Om” (25). The arrest warrant was issued on 18 October and police managed to arrest the alleged pedophile the next day, on 19 October. Mr. Neil was apprehended eight days after an alert was issued by Interpol.

Police General Wong-got said, “Mr. Neil refused to testify to anything before consulting with legal consul first, except to admit that he is Mr. Christopher Paul Neil. According to reliable sources, Mr. Neil had committed the crimes of having abnormal sexual relations, confining and retaining young Asian boys from Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar for abnormal sexual activities involving at least six to seven boys at a time. In addition, there were some girls also involved in the scenes that were broadcast on the Internet. He used technical methods to avoid showing his face, but Interpol was able to reconstruct his face to identify him and then worked with police around the world. He was arrested in Thailand.”

Police General Wong-got added that Mr. Neil had previously broken Thai laws, since 14 October 2003, by abusing a fourteen year old boy since the boy was nine years old. He invited the boy to play games in his room and, eventually, abused, confined and retained the boy. The victim contacted the police about the abuse and the police were able to issue an arrest warrant. Two other Thai boys came forward and said that they were abused by Mr. Neil, but police were unable to open the picture files. Mr. Neil is charged with taking young boys, not yet fifteen, from their parents, abusing young boys not over fifteen and confining and retaining them.The authorities can only detain Mr. Neil for forty-eight hours for investigation and will jail him after he is charged. After the arrest process, police will transfer him to other countries to prosecute the case. There are concerns that Mr. Neil could be HIV-positive. However, he cannot be tested without his consent.

Deputy Superintendent Police Lieutenant Phanthana Nuchanart said the“Police team had searched for Mr. Neil around Pattaya entertainment areas by showing his picture to lady boys and bar boys. The police were able to determine that Mr. Neil was seeing a lady boy named “Om” for about two years. Mr. Neil went to stay in Om’s hometown in Chaiyaphum Province. Police went to search for them at Om’s place, but couldn’t find either Mr. Neil or Om. Police said that the two were alert and went to stay at Om’s cousin, who is a hairdresser in Nakornrachsiman (Korat). In cooperation with the tourist police in Korat, police were able to locate the hairdresser’s place and rushed to arrest Mr. Neil there.”

It was reported that before the press conference, tourist police had detained Mr. Christopher Paul Neil by tourist police minivan. As soon as Mr. Neil got off the van, he covered his face with a blue jacked before the police led him past more than one hundred people on the way to the fifth floor of the building. Mr. Neil also wore dark glasses. He was calm and refused to answer any questions.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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