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Child sex suspect held in Thailand

A suspected British paedophile wanted for abusing children as young as 18 months and selling online child porn has been arrested in Thailand after more than a decade on the run.

Charles David Taylor, 66, is now due to be extradited to Britain, where he was arrested in 1998 and charged with 35 child sex offences before fleeing to north-eastern Thailand.

There he allegedly continued to abuse children and record the activities for internet sales, the Thai Immigration Bureau said.

When British police arrested Taylor at his home in Leicestershire, they found more than 10,000 pornographic photographs of children on his computer - including images of boys being tortured and sexually abused by adults - and video footage of child abuse.

Thai and British investigators tracked Taylor to the north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, where he was arrested on Sunday at a local post office where he rented a mailbox.

A Thai court had issued a warrant for his arrest and extradition in 2001, on a request from British authorities who accuse him of sexually abusing children aged 18 months to 12 years old.

Taylor led Thai police to his apartment where they seized a computer, DVDs of child porn and explicit photos of Thai children and youngsters of other nationalities.

In Thailand, Taylor "lured children to have sexual activities and released video clips on the internet", the immigration bureau said. "He confessed that he would find children to take pictures of and then sell the images on the internet."

The British Embassy confirmed the arrest.

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