Friday, April 22, 2016

Five-year sentence sought for notorious pedophile 'Swirl Face'

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — Ten more months. That may be all the time that admitted pedophile and notorious sex tourist Christopher Neil spends in jail.

It doesn’t seem like much considering what he’s done.

The 41-year-old former teacher from Maple Ridge first came to global attention as “Swirl Face” in 2007 when a worldwide warrant for his arrest was issued by Interpol because of the 315 images found on the Internet of him abusing pre-pubescent boys.

Neil, who fled his teaching job in South Korea the day his swirled image was released, was arrested in Thailand a week later. There, he was charged with sexual offences involving two Thai boys aged nine and 13.

Neil pleaded guilty and because of a pardon, served only 3½ years of his sentence before being deported to Canada in 2012. He was later charged with 10 counts, including two for abusing Cambodian boys and others related to possessing and accessing child pornography in Canada in 2007 and again after 2012.

He pleaded guilty to five charges in December and the others were dropped.  (more...)

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