(Reuters) - Canadian paedophile suspect Christopher Neil has denied charges that he molested underage children in Thailand, police said on Saturday, a day after a global manhunt ended with his arrest in a dusty Thai town.
A Thai court ordered Neil detained for another 12 days for further investigation.
Neil is also accused of raping young boys in Vietnam and Cambodia after being unmasked by clever police computer work and hunted in a unique Internet appeal.
The 32-year-old is facing charges of molesting underage children, depriving children of parental care and restraint of freedom, Police Major-General Wimol Powin said.
"He denied the charges but has not said much more," Wimol told reporters, who were barred from the court hearing.
If found guilty, he could spend up to 20 years in jail.
Neil, caught on Friday in the northeast province of Nakhon Ratchasima , 250 km ( 150 miles) from Bangkok and well off the normal tourist trail, said nothing as he left the court wearing a red-striped T-shirt, cap and sunglasses.
In brief comments to Reuters Television, Neil also declined to comment on the charges he faces but asked his family for help.