Do you Remember Mr Swirl Face?

Do you remember “Mr Swirl Face”?  The nickname belongs to Christopher Paul Neil, a convicted child molester. He was the subject of a well-publicized Interpol investigation of the sexual abuse of at least 12 young boys in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, primarily owing to the worldwide broadcast of pornographic images depicting the abuse. Neil appeared in over 200 photographs depicting the abuse. His face was obscured by a digital swirl in the photographs, but German computer experts were able to reconstruct the original picture. Several of these pictures were then posted on Interpol’s website and led to over 350 people identifying the man as Neil, an English teacher in South Korea. Neil then fled to Thailand once he was publicly identified.

According to his Wiki page (see here), Neil was finally arrested by Thai authorities in Nakhon Ratchasima Province on 19th October 2007. He was sentenced on 15th August 2008 to 39 months in prison. His original sentence of 6 years was reduced by about half because he had admitted to the crime. On 14th November 2008, his sentence was extended by six years following his conviction for molesting a second child which he denied. He should have been released in 2016, but news has just come out that Neil was released from his Thai prison last week and was deported back to his home country of Canada. Presumably he must have been given partial royal pardons over the last few years. The news of his early release only came out because he was promptly arrested by Canadian Authorities when he landed on Friday evening.

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One thought on “Do you Remember Mr Swirl Face?

  • October 1, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Because he wasn’t a drug case, that pedophile received all the royal amnesties since his conviction. It takes 3 years to become an excellent class prisonner then someone gets the full royal amnesty when it comes. The royal amnesty is given by the Thai goverment to all the prisonners in Thailand. It occurs when the king Bhumibol or the queen Sirikit are having their birth anniversaries or other reasons relating the Thai royal family.


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