Peter Scully

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Peter Scully
Peter Scully.jpg
Mugshot of Scully in 2015
Born
Peter Gerard Scully[1]

(1963-01-13) 13 January 1963 (age 57)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
NationalityAustralian
Criminal statusConvicted
Criminal chargeHuman trafficking, rape, murder
PenaltyLife sentence
Date apprehended
20 February 2015
Imprisoned atThe Philippines

Peter Gerald Scully (born 13 January 1963) is a convicted Australian child rapist serving a life sentence in prison in the Philippines.[2] He is pending trial for other crimes against children including the production and dissemination of child pornography, torture, and the alleged murder of an 11-year-old girl.

Background[edit]

Peter Scully lived in the Narre Warren suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia with his wife and two children prior to fleeing to the City of Manila, Philippines, in 2011[3] before he could be charged with his involvement in a property scheme that cost investors over $2.68 million. Prior to leaving Victoria, he operated an unlicensed escort service website which offered his Malaysian girlfriend as a prostitute. The Australian Securities and Investment Commission found him involved in 117 fraud and deception offenses relating to real estate scams from an investigation started in 2009.[1] From the island of Mindanao, he is alleged to have built up a lucrative international child sexual abuse ring that offered pay-per-view video streams of children being tortured and sexually abused on the dark web. Among the victims who had their videos ordeals sold over the Internet was an 18-month-old infant who was hung upside down while Scully and two accomplices raped and tortured her.[4]

Victims were procured by Scully with promises to impoverished parents of work, education, or were solicited by his two Filipino girlfriends, Carme Ann Alvarez and Liezyl Margallo,[5] and other female acquaintances such as Maria Dorothea Chi y Chia.[6] Both Alvarez and Margallo also abused children in Scully's videos.

In 2016, prosecutors in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines alleged that Scully and a girlfriend coaxed two teenage girls to come to Scully's house with the promise of food.[5] Scully was alleged to have given the girls alcohol and forced them to perform sex acts on each other which he photographed and filmed.[5] The prosecutor alleged that when the girls tried to escape, Scully forced them to dig graves in the basement of the house and threatened that he would bury them there.[5] After five days, the girls were released by the girlfriend, who began feeling remorse after coming home to see the two in pet collars, and reported what had happened.[5]

Daisy's Destruction / Dafu Love[edit]

The most notorious of Scully's output was a video titled Daisy's Destruction (or Dafu Love), which he sold to clients for up to $10,000.[5] Made in 2012, the multi-part film is so extreme that it was, for some time, regarded as an urban legend.[7] It features the torture and brutal rape of a number of girls by Scully and some Filipina accomplices; the three main victims were Liza (aged 12), Cindy (11), and Daisy (18 months).[8]

Urged on by Scully, some of the most severe physical abuse was carried out on the children by one of his girlfriends, then 19-year-old Liezyl Margallo, who was formerly prostituted as a child.[9] Indeed, it seems Margallo was the sole hands-on victimizer of Daisy: The introduction to the film invites the viewer to watch Daisy's "mental ruin" as she "learn[s] how to please her mistress".[10]

Scully put Daisy's Destruction out under his "No Limits Fun" production company, selling it to other people via the dark web. Among those who acquired it was one of the biggest-ever purveyors of child pornography, Scully's fellow Australian Matthew David Graham, better known by his online pseudonym Lux. Apprehended at age 22, he ran a series of "hurtcore" child pornography sites.[11][12] Graham said he got the video so he could use it to attract more viewers to his network of websites.

Arrest and trial[edit]

Prior to the video gaining attention by the general public, Scully broadcast Daisy's Destruction privately, on a pay-per-view basis. Matthew Graham, with access to the video, published it publicly.[13] Due to the content, it quickly garnered attention by law enforcement and media alike. The Dutch National Child Exploitation Team was the first to open an investigation, with the goal of locating the victims. Subsequently, an international manhunt for those responsible for the video's production was launched. Scully was eventually tracked to Malaybalay City in the Philippines and arrested on 20 February 2015. Investigators had six warrants for his arrest,[10] all relating to the abduction and sexual abuse of the two cousins.[5][failed verification] While they searched for Scully in the Philippines, investigators managed to uncover the fates of the three primary victims in Daisy's Destruction. Liza was found to be alive, as was Daisy, though her treatment had been so vicious that she has lasting physical injuries. Eleven-year-old Cindy had been murdered, allegedly by Scully. Before being strangled to death with a rope, the girl was subjected to bouts of rape and torture, and was made to dig her own grave. According to Margallo, Scully videotaped himself killing Cindy.[10]

Scully faced a total of 75 charges. He was on trial with others who assisted in the production of his pornography, including four men — Germany's Christian Rouche, Filipinos Alexander Lao and Althea Chia, and Brazilian doctor Haniel Caetano de Oliveira.[4][14][15]

In October 2015, a fire severely damaged the evidence room containing Scully's computer logs and videos, destroying key evidence.[16] Some believe Scully may have bribed a local police officer,[17] [18] as corruption in the Philippines is high.[19][failed verification] On 13 June 2018, Scully, and his girlfriend Alvarez, were sentenced to life in prison.[20]

Margaret Akullo, then Project Coordinator for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and an expert on child abuse investigations,[21] described the case as "horrific" and the worst she had ever heard of.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mills, Tammy; Vedelago, Chris; Murdoch, Lindsay (6 March 2015). "Alleged pedophile Peter Gerard Scully fled a sordid past in Melbourne". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 19 July 2017. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Australian Peter Scully given life sentence for human trafficking, rape in Philippines, reports say". ABC News (Australia). 14 June 2018. Archived from the original on 18 June 2018. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  3. ^ Mills, Tammy; Vedelago, Chris; Murdoch, Lindsay (6 March 2015). "Alleged paedophile Peter Gerard Scully fled a sordid past in Melbourne". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 10 November 2019. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  4. ^ a b Sutton, Candace (23 September 2016). "Australian child molester Peter Scully faces death penalty in Philippines". news.com.au. Archived from the original on 6 July 2017. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Murdoch, Lindsay (20 September 2016). "Death penalty call for accused Australian child sex predator Peter Scully in Philippines". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 3 July 2017. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  6. ^ Mendoza, Greanne (17 February 2017). "Another suspect linked to Australian sex fiend arrested". ABS-CBN News. Archived from the original on 29 June 2017. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  7. ^ Waugh, Rob (26 September 2016). "What is Daisy's Destruction? 'Snuff film' urban legend actually exists". Metro. Archived from the original on 10 July 2017. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  8. ^ Brown, Tara (16 March 2015). "Catching a monster: The global manhunt for alleged paedophile Peter Gerard Scully". 9news.com.au. Archived from the original on 9 July 2017. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  9. ^ Alipon, Joworski; Andrade, Angelo (27 January 2017). "Filipina behind brutal 'Daisy' sex videos arrested". ABS-CBN News. Archived from the original on 25 June 2017. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  10. ^ a b c Brown, Tara (2015). "Catching a Monster". 60 Minutes. Nine News. Part 1 Archived 14 April 2019 at the Wayback Machine - Part 2 Archived 7 November 2019 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 31 August 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ Dunn, Matthew (20 February 2016). "FBI describe dark net paedophile kingpin as one of the most prolific child sex offenders ever". news.com.au. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  13. ^ Daly, Max (19 February 2018). "Inside the Repulsive World of 'Hurtcore', the Worst Crimes Imaginable". Vice. Archived from the original on 31 December 2019. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  14. ^ Reformina, Ina (6 March 2015). "Australian behind 'Daisy' sex videos charged". ABS-CBN News. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  15. ^ Rocha, Alex; Idaló, Eduardo (21 December 2015). "Médico de Uberaba admite pedofilia e se diz doente, segundo PF". g1.globo.com (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 3 August 2017. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  16. ^ Murdoch, Lindsay (31 January 2017). "Alleged child abuser Peter Scully 'may still be masterminding porn network'". smh.com.au. Archived from the original on 26 June 2017. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  17. ^ Walker, Timothy (9 October 2015). "Australian child abuser Peter Scully could walk free in light of new evidence". Philippines Lifestyle News. CWCMedia. Archived from the original on 1 July 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  18. ^ Cullen, Shay. "Hungry for justice: Harsh realities of child abuse". Rappler. Archived from the original on 5 January 2018. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  19. ^ Hawley, Samantha (10 March 2015). "Philippine police expect to arrest more people in case of alleged Australian paedophile Peter Gerard Scully". ABC News Online. Archived from the original on 6 June 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  20. ^ Sutton, Candance (14 June 2018). "Infamous pedophile smiles as he gets life in prison". New York Post. Archived from the original on 17 February 2020. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  21. ^ Regional Training Workshop on Responding to Violence against Children in Contact with the Justice System Archived 10 May 2017 at the Wayback Machine. 3–5 November 2014 conference at United Nations Conference Center, Bangkok, Thailand.

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