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Interpol Names Pedophile Suspect Believed Hiding in Thailand


International police authorities have identified a suspected pedophile who is wanted for sexually abusing children and posting the images on the Internet, and say they believe he is hiding out in Thailand.

Officials at Interpol, which is based in Lyon, France, say the suspect, Christopher Paul Neil, a 32-year old Canadian man, arrived in Thailand last Thursday. Border guards in neighboring countries have been put on alert.

Officials have urged Neil to turn himself in.

In a statement on Monday, Interpol said information provided by five sources on three continents allowed police to identify the suspect.

The statement, which did not name him at the time, said Neil was a teacher of English in a South Korean school.

Monday's statement from Interpol included a photograph taken by security cameras at Bangkok airport after he arrived on a flight from South Korea last week.

Just days before, the 186-member Interpol released photographs of the suspect and launched an appeal for the world's help in identifying him.

Interpol says the man has posted numerous pictures of himself on the Internet raping young boys.

Most of the pictures are believed to have been taken in Vietnam and Cambodia, and involved 12 different boys whose ages range from six to the early teens.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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