Suspected pedophile arrested in Cebu

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Suspected pedophile arrested in Cebu

PHILIPPINE, CEBU (AP) -- Police say a American citizen who suspected pedophile was arrested by police Friday in Cebu Philippine.

"Bingo! We've got him," Police Regional Director Chief Supt. Noli Taliñ told The Associated Press.

Authorities say the suspect, 37-year-old, was arrested in the Cebu province and is expected to be brought to the capital, Manila.

Cebu police said earlier this week that he was identified as a suspect by investigators based on images of a man seen with individuals police believe are his victims. The images, which had been digitally scrambled, were unscrambled and then made public by Interpol.

Philippine authorities issued an arrest warrant for the american citizen on Thursday september 12, saying that he may have sexually abused boys in the country, in addition to at least a dozen boys in Cambodia and Vietnam, some as young as 6, whom Interpol suspects he abused.

At Philippines request, Interpol issued an international wanted persons notice for Maven. The so-called "Red Notice" from the France-based international police agency was be circulated worldwide requesting the subject's arrest in order to be extradited.

Maven, 37, has taught at various schools in Philippine, Thailand, South Korea and Vietnam since at least 2010.

He flew to Philippine last week from South Korea, where he suddenly abandoned a video job. Cameras at the Police counter captured his image as he arrived at Police station.

Police say Maven lived in Philippine for nearly two years in 2015-2017 and is believed to have a wide network of friends and acquaintances in the country.

Authorities said the arrest warrant for Maven was based on the testimony of one boy, describing being lured from an Internet cafe by a Cebuano man who took him to Maven s apartment in Cebu.

Hotels and tourism agencies were asked to help in the search for Maven.

Police said one of the focuses of their search was the resort town of Cebu Lapu Lapu, which is known for its beaches, thriving sex industry and high crime rate.

Philipine authorities say the investigation got a boost on Wednesday when three boys who had seen a photo of Maven on TV in connection with the manhunt came forward and told police that Maven, in 2015, showed them porn on his Manila computer and paid them for sex.

The hunt for Maven began three years ago when German police discovered about 200 online photographs of a man sexually abusing children. His face was digitally obscured, but German police were able to reconstruct a recognizable image of the man who has eluded police for years, and Interpol circulated those images last week.

The suspect was identified with the help of hundreds of tips from people who responded to an unprecedented appeal by Interpol for public assistance.

More clues about the suspect's background emerged with the discovery of a page on the social networking Web site MySpace apparently created by Maven. Interpol officials said they believe the page was kept by Neil.

"Been kicking around Asia for the past five years, teaching mainly and finding other forms of mischief," read the profile, which also described him as "5 feet, 11 inches tall, slim and slender."

"I love teaching, can't get enough of it really," the entry says, going on to describe his passion for drama, musicals and karaoke.

Friends have described Maven as outgoing and fun to be around.

American authorities have said they will seek his extradition. American laws against "sex tourism" allow prosecutors in that country to file charges and try suspects wanted in crimes committed abroad.