After a four-year global manhunt, this predator has finally been caught.
Trigger warning: This post deals with issues of sexual abuse and child abuse may be triggering for some readers.
He may look like an average middle-aged Australian man, but Peter Scully is actually a criminal of the worst possible kind. He is Australia’s worst paedophile.
Described by authorities as committing the “most horrific” crimes imaginable, the 51-year-old was finally caught in the Philippines where he had been running a global paedophile ring, distributing videos for payment online. And now he has spoken from his Manila jail cell in a chilling 60 Minutes special.
The Melbourne businessman and father of two faces a list of charges a mile long, each one of them a chilling indication of his predatory masterminding. Among them, allegations that Scully would live-stream videos of children being tortured and sexually abused in exchange for money from his global client list.
Charges against Scully also include human trafficking, torturing and sexually abusing children as young as 18 months old and the murder of a 12-year-old girl.
“He is in every sense of the word a predator,” Tara Brown told The Daily Mail.
“His crimes are like none that the Philippine authorities had ever seen before, acts so depraved and ever escalating.”
In another interview Brown said she felt “shaken from the moment I started following the story”. Adding that, “It was completely impossible to relate to him, because he was so detached.”
But Scully is not new to crime. And, if his past is anything to go off, he has always been one very slippery character.