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Child predator Neil to undergo psych assessment

When convicted child molester Christopher Paul Neil is sentenced May 1 for breaching his recognizance, Richmond provincial court Judge Patrick Chen will have a more complete picture of the former Port Coquitlam substitute teacher.

In December, the Crown was successful in its bid to have Neil, 38, undergo a psychiatric assessment in addition to his pre-sentencing report.

Crown counsel Gerri-Lyn Nelson argued that since Neil has never been charged with a criminal offence in Canada, she'd like a more complete picture of him prior to sentencing.

"This report changes things," Nelson said last month of the Vancouver Police Department report that found evidence in Neil's laptop computer that he was viewing images and videos of children being sexually assaulted.

After returning to Canada in 2012 after serving several years in a Thai prison for having sex with young children, Neil was arrested under a section of the Criminal Code of Canada that deals with fears of sexual offences to individuals under the age of 16.

He was eventually released on his own recognizance, but was required to comply with a series of conditions, including that he not have Internet access.

During an investigation launched after Vancouver Police received information Neil was in possession of electronics capable of accessing the Internet, Neil's cell phone, e-book reader and laptop were seized.

After a thorough examination of his laptop, investigators found evidence he downloaded software that enabled computer folders to be completely hidden from view, and password protected.

Several file names were found, including a half dozen with names suggestive of child pornography. Other files contained images of young boys having sex.

His cell phone also contained images of young women, between the ages of 10 and 15.

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