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09 May 2008 :: 12:05:18 pm 11401

Mystery Paedophile Identified And Arrested In Us

After the appeal Pattaya Daily News put out yesterday concerning the mystery paedophile wanted by Interpol, suspected of being in SE Asia, you can relax your vigilance, he‘s been found and arrested in the US.He confessed to arresting customs officers that he had had sex in Thailand with three boys over three nights in 2002; an experience he described as ‘euphoria‘.
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The suspect has been identified as Wayne Nelson Corliss, a 58-year-old.US citizen of Union City, New Jersey. Interpol apparently received 200 leads in 24 hours in an unprecedented dragnet operation to find and identify the offender. He was arrested at his home in Union City, New Jersey, and charged with producing and distributing child pornography.

Here is a full report by the BBC:
A man suspected of sexually abusing boys in South-East Asia has appeared before a US court just hours after his arrest in the state of New Jersey.

Police arrested Wayne Nelson Corliss two days after Interpol released his picture appealing for public help in identifying the suspected paedophile.

Police in Norway had found images which allegedly show him abusing at least three boys aged six to 10.

Three people in the US identified Mr Corliss to Interpol as the suspect. The 58-year-old is an actor who played Santa Claus and painted children’s faces, the manager of the apartment building where he lived told the Associated Press news agency.

He was arrested at his home in Union City, New Jersey, and charged with producing and distributing child pornography, officials said.

At his hearing on Thursday, Assistant US Attorney Lee Vartan said Mr Corliss had told the customs agents who arrested him that he had had sex with three boys over three nights in Thailand in 2002.

“He described it as ‘euphoria’ to the agents,” Mr Vartan added.

Rare public appeal
Interpol said its unusual public appeal had led to more than 200 leads in the first 24 hours.

Computer technology revealed the face of another suspect known as Mr Swirl

“The arrest of the suspected child sex abuser… came about as a result of independent tips provided via the internet to Interpol’s headquarters in Lyon by three individuals living in the United States,” Interpol said.

“Two days ago, this man’s nationality, identity and location were totally unknown,” said Interpol Secretary General Ronald K Noble.

“All we had to go by were a series of graphic photographs in which the suspect was seen sexually abusing young children”.

Police first became aware of the suspect two years ago from photos of him found on the computer hard-drive of a man arrested in Norway and later convicted on paedophilia-related charges, Interpol said.

The pictures showed a grey-haired white man wearing glasses with no attempt to hid his features.

The photos were checked against Interpol’s vast database of child abuse images but he could not be identified, so Interpol published the pictures on their website.

It is only the second time Interpol has appealed to the public for help in hunting for a paedophile. Last October Interpol released pictures of a suspected paedophile, dubbed Mr Swirl, who had disguised his face on the internet using a digital technique.

The image was unscrambled and soon after a 32-year-old Canadian ex-teacher, Christopher Neil, was arrested. He is due to go on trial in Thailand in June.

‘Santa Claus’
Mr Corliss was described by Raven Squire, the superintendent of the apartment building where he lived, as a stable man who always paid his rent on time.

Judy Stone, a neighbour who worked with him as an entertainer, said he was “the best Santa Claus anyone has ever seen”.

“I’ve never seen him act in a way that was creepy or predatory toward children,” she added.

Customs agents found about 1,000 images of child pornography on computer hard drives in the apartment, Assistant US Attorney Lee Vartan said.

They also found several pairs of boys’ underwear, including one that Mr Corliss said he had brought back from Thailand as a souvenir, the prosecutor added.

Mr Corliss was not asked to enter a plea at his hearing.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Crime News

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