Convicted sex offender ‘Swirl face’ to be tried by judge
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 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)
Convicted sex offender Christopher Neil — dubbed “swirl face” for his attempt to alter his face in photographs — has elected to go to trial by judge alone on allegations of sexual exploitation and child porn.
According to the B.C. Provincial Court in Port Coquitlam, Neil next appears in court on May 12 for a pretrial conference. It’s expected evidence would first be tested in a preliminary inquiry — a date is yet to be set — before a judge decides whether the matter should proceed to trial.
Neil is charged with two counts of sexual touching, two counts of invitation to sexual touching and a count each of production and possession of child porn.
The exploitation cases allegedly occurred in Cambodia.
Mounties said Neil was charged after its child exploitation team connected with authorities in Thailand — where Neil was convicted in 2008 for sex offences.
In addition, Neil faces four counts of accessing and producing child porn while in the City of Vancouver last year.
He remains in custody.