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Canadian man sought in Internet child sex abuse case

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  • Thai police say suspect is 32-year-old Canadian Christopher Paul Neil
  • Suspect allegedly shown sexually abusing young SE Asia boys in Internet photos
  • Neil is now the subject of an intense hunt in Thailand
  • Suspect said to have been an English teacher at a school in South Korea
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BANGKOK, Thailand (CNN) -- A teacher from Canada suspected of sexually abusing young boys in photographs posted on the Internet is now the subject of an intense manhunt in Thailand, where authorities believe he is currently located.

Thai police identified the suspect as Christopher Paul Neil, a Canadian national. Interpol, the international police agency that issued a worldwide appeal for information in the case last week, said the suspect had been working as an English teacher in South Korea and flew from Seoul to Bangkok last Thursday.

"I would appeal to him to give himself up and to come in to have this matter sorted out in a reasonable and adult matter," said Interpol spokesman Mick Moran.

Interpol issued a worldwide alert last week after about 200 photographs showing a man sexually abusing 12 different young males were posted on the Internet.

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The photos, which authorities believe were taken in Vietnam and Cambodia in 2002 or 2003, had been digitally altered to disguise the man's face. But German investigators were able to reverse the process and restore the images, and his picture was then distributed worldwide.

The suspect was identified within three days after the photographs were released, based on tips from five sources on three continents, according to Interpol. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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