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Thai Police Issue Arrest Warrant for Canadian Pedophile Suspect


Authorities in Thailand have issued an arrest warrant for a suspected Canadian pedophile who is allegedly hiding out in the country and is wanted in connection with an international police manhunt.

Thai police issued the warrant Thursday after a boy in Thailand accused the man of sexual abuse.

Until now, it was believed that 32-year-old Christopher Paul Neil had abused boys only in Vietnam and Cambodia.

The hunt for Neil began heating up last week after he fled South Korea to Bangkok, leaving behind an English teaching job.

He left South Korea after the international police force Interpol began circulating his photo and details of his alleged sexual abuse of at least a dozen boys in southeast Asia.

Neil's family has spoken with the media in Canada and urged him to turn himself in.

Interpol and authorities in Thailand are working together to find Neil and have urged neighboring countries to closely watch their borders.

Interpol says Neil has posted numerous pictures of himself on the Internet raping young boys. The photos involved 12 different boys who ranged in age from six years old to the early teens.

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