Neil, 37, who was arrested upon his return from Thailand, has been released from custody and is subject to several conditions in an attempt to prevent the former English teacher from re-offending.
As reported by Digital Journal, Neil arrived at Vancouver International Airport last Friday where he was met by members of the RCMP's Child Exploitation Unit and taken into custody. He spent the last five years in a Thai prison after being convicted of sexual assaulting a young boy.
Neil is not wanted for any offences committed in Canada but was taken into custody under a little used section of the Criminal Code of Canada. Section 810.1 allows anyone who fears, on reasonable grounds, that a person will commit certain specified sexual offences involving children, to lay an information before a provincial court judge. The named person will then be arrested and brought before a judge who may decide to release the person with or without conditions.
Yesterday, Neil appeared in a Richmond B.C. courtroom before Judge Patrick Chen. Chen imposed the following conditions on the convicted sex offender and ordered he will be bound by them for 18 months:
* He is to have no contact with anyone under the age of 16 years.
* He is not to have access to the Internet either by computer or phone.
* He is to have no access to school grounds or any other place where children can be expected to congregate.
* He is to surrender all travel documents.
* He must remain in the province of British Columbia and report to a probation officer frequently.
* He must attend a treatment centre.
Although the Crown asked he be bound by the terms for two years, Chen accepted the submissions of Neil's lawyer that a term of 18 months was sufficient. His counsel argued he is not one of the worst offenders.
Neil is not sure what he will do after his release, His lawyer, Mark Thompson, was quoted by CBC as saying, He can't teach children. I understand he was teaching English in the Thai jail, so he can teach adults. He has to get a job of some kind whether it's just something that doesn't require contact with the public...He does want to work though.
After court, Brian McConaghy, a former RCMP officer who worked on the original case and who now runs a group to help child sex victims in Cambodia, is quoted in The Province as saying, "With any travelling predator, the conditions I like are behind bars, but I can live with what's been done today."
Neil is known as the "Swirl Face" pedophile. He had uploaded videos of himself engaging in sexual acts with children but his face was "swirled out." German police used technology to eliminate the swirls and that led to the identification and arrest of the teacher.
Neil has family in Maple Ridge, B.C., but none of them want anything to do with him.