Peter Scully found guilty on child sex charges in the Philippines: report
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Peter Scully found guilty on child sex charges in the Philippines: report

Peter Scully (second from left) arrives at the Cagayan De Oro court in September.

Peter Scully (second from left) arrives at the Cagayan De Oro court in September.

Photo: Kate Geraghty

Accused Australian child sex predator Peter Scully has reportedly been found guilty of raping and trafficking girls by a court in the Philippines.

Filipino news website Rappler reports a regional court in Cagayan de Oro city found Scully guilty of sexually abusing young children.

Judge Jose Escobido convicted Scully of one count of human trafficking and five counts of rape by sexual assault, Rappler said.

Scully, a former Melbourne businessman, fled Australia in 2011 to escape fraud charges. He is facing life in jail after a previous law excluded him from the death penalty if convicted.

He is reportedly facing more than 50 other cases in courts across the Philippines.

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Police say Scully is accused of the most shocking cases of child murder, torture and abuse they have ever seen in the Philippines.

Senior police officers and prosecutors wept when they viewed one video called 'Daisy's Destruction' that Scully allegedly sold on the internet showing an 18-month-old girl being sexually assaulted while being tied upside down by the legs.

Scully is also alleged to have sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl before strangling her and burying her body in a grave under a house he was renting.

According to police he became a cyber child-porn kingpin in the Philippines, selling videos to internet clients around the world for $10,000.

Videos seized by police allegedly showed Scully abusing children for his own self gratification.

Officers at the jail on the outskirts of Cagayan de Oro told Fairfax Media last year that Scully was a troublesome prisoner who often demanded special privileges, including made-to-order meals and a mobile phone.

An Australian Department of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman said the department was providing consular assistance to an Australian man detained in the Philippines, but due to privacy obligations, could not comment further.

AAP

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