The manhunt for suspected pedophile who Thai police had previously issued an arrest warrant in the kidnap and sex abuse of an 8 year old boy has ended. Police in Vancouver have arrested Orville Frank Mader. Mader will be turned over to Thai police to face charges and stand trial.
The National Post stated the following: Police Colonel Apichart Suribunya told Reuters.
is Canadian police may only be able to hold him for a short period
because he apparently has not done anything wrong in Canada," Col.
issued an arrest warrant for Mr. Mader, 54, after a seven-year-old boy
said the Canadian asked him to perform oral sex on Mr. Mader at a hotel
in the beach town of Pattaya last week.
Thai police said on
Thursday that Mr. Mader, of Kitchener, Ont., was also being
investigated for the sexual abuse of three boys in Pattaya, about 150
km from Bangkok.
The boys were aged between seven and nine and
Mr. Mader could face up to 20 years in jail if convicted in Thailand, a
Pattaya police officer said.
"A seven-year-old boy identified him
from among a number of tourist pictures. He is wanted on charges of
sexual molestation against minors aged under 13," Police Major Sompol
Nakhapan said on Thursday.
Mr. Mader is also wanted in
neighboring Cambodia, where he was found guilty in 2004 of molesting
two boys under the age of 13. He was sentenced in absentia to 15 years
Sex suspect arrested in Vancouver
By Michelle Mcquigge, THE CANADIAN PRESS
Thai cops seek 2nd sex suspect
TORONTO - A Canadian man alleged to have sexually abused a young boy in Thailand has been arrested in Vancouver, say Thai police.
Two Thai police officials told The Canadian Press Friday that 54-year-old Orville Frank Mader had been arrested in Vancouver and would soon be returned overseas to face charges. Details of his arrest were not released. The RCMP could not be reached for comment.
The arrest came just one day after police in the Thai beach resort town of Pattaya issued a warrant for Mader's arrest.
Sgt. Maj. Pottaput Kamho said he got word from police in Bangkok that Mader had been arrested some time on Thursday.
Sgt. Sompol Nakkumpan, the lead investigator in the case, also confirmed the arrest. He said Mader came to their attention after the father of an eight-year-old boy alleged that his son had been sexually abused.
Nakkumpan said the boy reported being taken to a hotel where the encounter with Mader allegedly took place.
So far, Mader is facing charges in connection with the one incident. However, Nakkumpan says the Canadian is under investigation for two other similar incidents.
Mader has had previous contact with Asian police regarding alleged sex crimes.
In 2004, Cambodian police arrested him on two charges of sexually abusing young boys, but the case did not go to court.
Thai police say Mader will be returned to their country to face the charges. Canada has an extradition treaty with Thailand. However Canadian sex tourism laws allow for its citizens to be tried in this country for crimes committed abroad.
Neighbours of Mader's in the Vancouver area reported that he had moved overseas to teach. His present occupation is unknown.
Initial media reports said Mader hailed from Kitchener, Ont., but relatives say he had not lived there for decades.
The charges against Mader came just two weeks after a high-profile manhunt for another Canadian accused of sex crimes in Asia.
Christopher Neil was arrested in Thailand in October after Interpol launched an unprecedented manhunt based on Internet pictures.
The International Police Agency found roughly 200 photographs depicting sexual abuse of Asian boys by a man whose face had been digitally obscured.
Once computer experts were able to unscramble the image, Interpol circulated the picture and received hundreds of tips during an international manhunt for Neil.
He is charged with two counts of child sexual abuse and remains in police custody.
Neil had spent the years leading up to his arrest working as a teacher in various Asian countries. Days before his capture, he fled a teaching job in South Korea.
At the time of Mader's 2004 arrest, Cambodian officials reported that he, too, had worked as a teacher in Japan.
These two recent cases have prompted some Thai police officials to call for more thorough background checks on foreign teachers.
"It shouldn't be enough to wear white shirts and have a university degree. We need to know their background," police Col. Apichart Suribunya, head of Thailand's liaison office for Interpol, told the Associated Press.
Several Southeast Asian countries, including Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, are popular with pedophiles due to lax law enforcement, corruption in the justice system and the easy availability of young boys and girls who are forced into prostitution by poverty.
Pattaya is a popular tourist destination with a reputation for a thriving sex industry and high crime rate.
Police said Mader and Neil had some mutual connections in Pattaya and were known to frequent the same hotel.