In 2007, Interpol identified Christopher Paul Neil as the man in a series "swirly face" photos that had been posted online. The photos allegedly showed a man sexually abusing children, but the face of the man had been digitally altered to conceal his identity. German specialists unswirled the digital images to produce an identifiable picture. Interpol
Authorities in British Columbia have laid 10 new charges against convicted sex offender Christopher Paul Neil after conducting investigations into his activities over the past 10 years in Vancouver, Maple Ridge and Cambodia.
The most recent alleged incidents took place in 2013 in Vancouver.
A Vancouver Police Department investigation led to four charges against Neil, 39, related to possessing and accessing child pornography. The other charges resulted from an RCMP investigation.
"The charges laid today are the result of years of work in support of our efforts to identify and charge those involved in tourism for the purpose of committing sexual offences against children," said Acting Supt. Ward Lymburner, who is charge of the RCMP's special projects unit in the B.C. major crimes section.
Neil faces one count each of production of child porn and possession of child pornography relating to incidents that allegedly occurred in 2007 in Maple Ridge.
He also faces two counts of sexual touching and two counts of invitation to sexual touching stemming from alleged incidents in 2003 in Cambodia.
Neil, who was arrested today and is being held in custody, is scheduled to appear in provincial court in Port Coquitlam on March 31.
The Criminal Code gives Canadian authorities the power to investigate and prosecute certain offences, such as child pornography and the victimization of children, committed by Canadian citizens in other countries.
Neil was convicted of a series of sexual offences involving children in Bangkok in 2008.
He sparked a worldwide Interpol manhunt when German police were able to digitally unscramble internet photos of him sexually abusing boys in Southeast Asia.
He was returned to Canada in September 2012, after serving his sentence in Thailand, and has been subject to a series of conditions ever since.
Before his arrest overseas, the former Maple Ridge resident worked as a teacher in several parts of Asia dating back to 2000. He had also worked as a part-time teacher in B.C.