Times Colonist

Pedophile suspect’s trial begins


BANGKOK — A Thai court began the formal trial yesterday of Canadian pedophile suspect Christophe­r Neil, seven months after the teacher from Maple Ridge was arrested in a global manhunt triggered by “swirly face” images of abuse found on the Internet. Neil, his wrists and ankles shackled as he appeared in the Bangkok Criminal Court, pleaded not guilty to four charges of molesting and distributi­ng pornograph­ic images of two Thai boys. If found guilty, the 32-yearold could spend up to 20 years in jail.

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