He was on his way home from a 5-year stint in Thailand ...
Convicted pedophile who served time in Thailand arrested at Vancouver airport
By Camille Bains, The Canadian Press September 29, 2012 9:50 PM
VANCOUVER - A convicted pedophile who was once the subject of an international manhunt for allegedly posting his sexual assaults of children online after hiding his face behind a digital swirl has been arrested at Vancouver's airport.
Thai prison guards escort Canadian Christopher Paul Neil, center, at criminal court in Bangkok, Thailand Friday, Aug. 15, 2008. A convicted pedophile who was once the subject of an international manhunt for allegedly posting his sexual assaults of children online after hiding his face behind a digital swirl has been arrested at Vancouver's airport.
Christopher Neil, 37, was coming home to British Columbia after serving five years in a Thailand prison for sexually assaulting a young boy.
He was greeted on his return to Canada by members of the RCMP's Integrated Child Exploitation Unit as he stepped off a plane Friday night.
Neil had a bail hearing on Saturday morning and will appear before a judge on Monday, when a judge will assess his release or impose any conditions, said Cpl. Mat Van Laer.
He said police obtained a warrant for Neil's arrest prior to his arrival at the airport because of fear for the public's safety, even though there's no evidence of any offence being committed in Canada.
"We felt that based on the severity and the nature of the crime that Mr. Neil has committed abroad it was important that we, at the very least, bring the intention forward to our courts and see what they have to say about that," he said.
"Crown counsel has reviewed the evidence and the information that was brought forward about the activities of Mr. Neil abroad, and I suppose they felt, as we did, confident enough that some form of monitoring would be a good idea in this case so they issued an arrest warrant."
Neil, who once lived in Maple Ridge, B.C., had no fixed address when he was arrested Friday night, Van Laer said.
Neil was caught after his swirly-faced digital photos were decoded by German computer experts so his face could be recognizable.
Interpol circulated his photos, and tips allowed police to identify Neil, who was teaching English in Korea at time before fleeing to Thailand.
Neil, who became known as Swirl Face, was arrested in that country and surrounded by a throng of media.
Television images of Neil entering a Bangkok courthouse at the time showed him barefoot, wearing an orange prison uniform and chained to another inmate.
Besides the sexual assault of at least one boy in Thailand Neil was also alleged to have abused young boys in Cambodia and Vietnam several years ago.
His brother, Matthew Neil, said in 2008 that he regularly received letters from his sibling imprisoned in Thailand, where he was attempting to learn the language.
The last time Neil saw his family in Canada was in August 2007, when he returned home for a visit before going back to Thailand.
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Castration. Why don't we do it to these sick fucks?
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I have no sympathy for kiddie fiddlers, but why was he arrested if he already served his time in Thailand and isn't charged with doing anything in Canada? Does he have to pay for a crime twice?
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I guess to my thinking, the guy already did the time so how can you arrest him? You can make him register as a sex offender and keep tabs on him, that only makes sense, but to arrest him for doing nothing?
^ I think the U.S. has a similar policy. Doing this type of crime overseas will get you into trouble in the States.
He may not be locked up but he will be put on the registered sex offender list for sure.
---Update---Pedophile convicted in Thailand agrees to conditions of release in B.C.
The B.C. man convicted in Thailand for sexually abusing a child has agreed to abide by strict conditions in order to be released into Canadian society.
The lawyer for Christopher Neil told a B.C. provincial court judge in Richmond that the 37-year-old will agree to follow a series of conditions that would allow the man his freedom.
Mr. Neil pleaded guilty and spent five years in a Thai prison after an international manhunt was triggered when computer experts unscrambled an image of him abusing children.
The Crown is asking that the bail-like conditions be in place for two years, while the defence has asked for 18 months. However, the judge says legalities of what is permitted must still be sorted out.
Mr. Neil faces no charges in Canada, but when he arrived at Vancouver’s airport last week, police arrested him using a section of the Criminal Code aimed at protecting public safety.
The conditions Mr. Neil is expected to abide by would include surrendering his passport, staying away from places where children under 16 years old would congregate and not having access to the Internet.
Pedophile convicted in Thailand agrees to conditions of release in B.C. - The Globe and Mail