BANGKOK, Thailand — A Canadian schoolteacher suspected of pedophilia was arrested early today in northeastern Thailand after an international manhunt that included the release of his unscrambled Internet photos to the public.
The suspect, 32-year-old Christopher Paul Neil, had been hiding in the town of a Thai friend who used to arrange some of his sexual liaisons with boys, police said.
“Bingo! We’ve got him,” police Maj. Gen. Wimol Powintara said. Shortly before the arrest, Wimol said police rushed to the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima on Thursday night after receiving credible information that Neil had fled there.
Residents said they had spotted the Canadian near the home of a Thai man who police say had helped Neil to meet young boys in the past.