Neil On Trial: Thailand
Five months after his October 19th 2007 arrest, Christopher Paul Neil, a 32-year-old Canadian schoolteacher charged with sexually abusing a 9-year-old Thai boy, has begun his trail in Bangkok, Thailand. On the first day of the trail he has pleaded not guilty.
If convicted, Neil faces up to 20 years in prison. On top of sexually abusing a minor, Neil is also charged with videotaping the alleged abuse, taking a child without parental consent and holding him against his will.
Neil's arrest last year by Interpol became infamous after the international police agency released his photo to the public in an appeal for information of his whereabouts. After three years of searching for Neil, Interpol, in conjunction with Thai authorities, arrested and detained him only 11 days after the photos were circulated worldwide on the Internet.
Neil was a teacher of English as a Second Language in Thailand, Vietnam and South Korea before his arrest. He faces possible additional charges if police are able to find other suspected victims to come forward and testify to his crimes.
For more information, refer to the Toronto Sun: