Thai Victim Alleges Abuse by Suspected Pedophile

By Krista Kjellman

Oct 19, 2007 8:45am

One of the alleged victims of suspected child sex abuser Christopher Paul Neil, who was arrested Friday in rural Thailand, told Thai authorities he was sexually molested by Neil several years ago. On Thursday, the Thai Royal Police issued a national arrest warrant for Neil, 32, after the 17-year-old said he was abused, according to an Interpol release. The victim was one of three, aged 9, 13, and 14 at the time, who came forward to Thai authorities alleging Neil paid them to perform sexual acts.
Authorities in South Korea and Thailand confirmed earlier this week that Neil had fled Seoul, where he was teaching English, and arrived in Thailand. Security cameras caught him passing through Bangkok’s international airport. THE BLOTTER RECOMMENDS Blotter Global Effort Helps Interpol Track Down Suspected Pedophile Click Here for Full Blotter Coverage. Interpol on Thursday also issued an international wanted persons notice for Neil, who authorities identified as the man shown on the Internet sexually abusing young boys in a series of more than 200 photos. While he obscured his own face, he left those of his victims unobstructed. "Interpol decided to launch this appeal to help police in our member countries to identify ‘Vico’ and to protect the public from a sexual predator," Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said Thursday, noting neighboring countries could use Interpol’s notice as "a basis for Neil’s provisional arrest." "Vico" was the codename given to the suspect at the start of the investigation. Thai authorities arrested Neil in the rural province of Nakhon Ratchasima. They said he was hiding in the town of a Thai friend who allegedly arranged for some of Neil’s alleged sexual encounters with young boys.
Neil’s arrest comes a little more than one week after the global agency first released four digitally reconstructed photos of him.    After releasing his image, Interpol says "five different sources from three continents" identified "Vico" as a Canadian teaching English in South Korea. Secretary General Noble Thursday credited the public’s overwhelming response for aiding "the global enforcement community to move one step closer to bringing this sexual predator to justice." Associated Press’ Sutin Wannabovorn contributed to this report. This post has been updated.
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