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BANGKOK , Thailand – Christopher Paul NEIL, a Canadian national apprehended in Thailand following INTERPOL’s unprecedented public appeal for help in identifying a man photographed sexually abusing children, has been sentenced by a Bangkok court to 3 years and 3 months in prison. He had pleaded guilty on 12 May to sexually abusing a Thai boy. This is the first of two cases for which Neil was charged.
The court found him guilty of all charges and first sentenced him to 6 years and 6 months, but reduced his sentence on account of his guilty plea. He was also ordered to pay 60,000 Thai Bahts (around 1,800 US dollars) to the family of the victim as compensation.
Originally posted by semperfortis
Sounds like you and I think alike here.
Happy for the conviction, confused as to the sentence.
That area is a hot bed for child porn and child slavery, so the conviction is fantastic. But the sentence? Sheesh..
Of course I have no idea what it is like in their prison system; it may be bad enough this is a good one. I don't know.
identifying a man photographed sexually abusing children,
Neil's face, which had been digitally swirled to disguise his image in more than 200 images of child sex abuse found on the Internet.
Three Thai youths told police suspected Canadian pedophile Christopher Paul Neil paid them for sex when they were ages 9 to 14, coming forward this week when he was identified in a global manhunt, police said Thursday.
On August 15, 2008, Christopher Neil was sentenced to 39 months in a Thai prison for posting pornographic photos on the Internet and for molesting and abducting a 14-year-old boy. The original sentence was for six years and six months, but it was reduced by the judge because of Neil's confession. He is scheduled for another trial in October of 2008 for molesting the boy's nine-year-old brother. Neil must also pay the boy's family $1,780 as compensation for the crime.MSNBC: Thai court jails 'swirly-face' Canadian pedophile2