May 6, 2014 8:44 pm

‘Swirl face pedophile’ sentenced to three months in jail for violating court order

Pedophile Christopher Neil leaves court in Richmond, B.C., Oct. 3, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

The man known as the “Swirl Face pedophile” has been sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years’ probation for breaching strict conditions imposed by the court.

Christopher Neil was the target of the largest-ever international manhunt by Interpol when he was arrested in 2007 for alleged sex offences involving children in Cambodia.

The 39-year-old from Maple Ridge, B.C., became notoriously known as “Swirl Face” after his face was digitally obscured in images that showed him abusing children.

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Neil was returned to Canada in September 2012 after being released early from a nine-year sentence for sexually assaulting two boys.

Neil has pleaded guilty to breaching his court conditions imposed upon his return to Canada when he was found in possession of two cell phones, an e-reader and a laptop in August of last year.

He claims the laptop was for writing about his experience in the Thai jail.

Neil says he needed access to the Internet to tell his story. He claims he didn’t go near kids at all.

Neil is now facing ten new charges related to offences that police say occurred in both B.C. and Cambodia.

He has not yet entered a plea on those charges.

Today, the Crown was asking for a five to six month sentence, while the Defense insisted on no jail time.

The judge sentenced Neil to 90 days in jail minus 42 days for the time served.

A date for a preliminary hearing is expected to be set on May 12.

Neil remains in prison.


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