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‘Swirly Face’ sex offender viewed child porn: Crown 0

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

Canadian Christopher Paul Neil (R) arrives at the Bangkok Criminal Court August 15, 2008. A Thai court sentenced Canadian "swirly face" paedophile Neil to 39 months in prison on Friday for abducting and molesting a 14-year-old boy and posting pornographic pictures on the Internet. Neil, who is in his early 30s, was caught after police computer experts in Germany unravelled his digitally scrambled face from images of child sex abuse on the Internet, prompting Interpol to issue a worldwide public appeal to identify him.  REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom (THAILAND)

Canadian Christopher Paul Neil (R) arrives at the Bangkok Criminal Court August 15, 2008. A Thai court sentenced Canadian "swirly face" paedophile Neil to 39 months in prison on Friday for abducting and molesting a 14-year-old boy and posting pornographic pictures on the Internet. Neil, who is in his early 30s, was caught after police computer experts in Germany unravelled his digitally scrambled face from images of child sex abuse on the Internet, prompting Interpol to issue a worldwide public appeal to identify him. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom (THAILAND)

The provincial Crown wants a psychiatric assessment for convicted sex tourist Christopher Neil before his sentencing for allegedly having child pornography on his computer.

Neil is known internationally as “Swirly Face” due to how he digitally distorted his image online.

He was earlier released by the B.C. Provincial Court under a section of the Criminal Code that allows the courts to impose conditions on people deemed a possible risk.

Those conditions prohibited Neil from owning devices capable of Internet access, however he’s now alleged to have accessed a computer with child porn on it.

Crown spokesman Neil MacKenzie said Neil would be back in court Jan. 14 to prepare for sentencing.

The psychiatric assessment would assess what risks Neil presents prior to sentencing.

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