Australian Man Sentenced To 129 Years For Sexual Abuse In The Philippines
An Australian man sentenced to 129 years for sexual abuse in the Philippines. Aside from a life sentence, an additional 129 years of jail time was given to Peter Gerard Scully as part of the case for sexually abusing minors and infants as young as 18 months old.
According to Merlynn Barola-Uy, a prosecutor in the southern city of Cagayan de Oro, Peter Gerard Scully, his Filipina girlfriend Lezyl Margallo, and two accomplices were charged with 60 charges, including child abuse, trafficking, rape, and syndicating child pornography.
In 60 charges brought against the Australian in Cagayan de Oro City, Judge Ali Joseph Ryan Lloren of the Regional Trial Court Branch 37 of Misamis Oriental found him guilty of attempted human trafficking, syndicated child pornography, child abuse, rape, and picture and video voyeurism.
The two accomplices, Alexander Lao and Maria Durotiya Chia, earned nine years each in prison while Margallo was given a 126-year sentence.
After reaching a plea bargaining agreement, all four were sentenced on November 3, according to Barola-Uy, who called the convictions a "sweet win."
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Merlynn Barola-Uy, a regional prosecutor in the southern city of Cagayan de Oro, said on Wednesday, "I hope this sends a very strong message to all abusers, all human traffickers, that crime really does not pay."
The victim-survivors and their families together with the prosecution team have been, since day one, consistent in their resolve to fight Peter Scully and slay every (delaying) tactic he employed. . . They all want to bring closure to this dark phase of their lives and move on
- Merlynn Barola-Uy, Regional Prosecutor in the Southern City of Cagayan de Oro
On Monday, November 7, Prosecutor Barola-Uy stated that these were the final cases brought against Scully and his Filipino cohorts.
The offenses, which stretch back to 2012, are just a few of the numerous accusations brought against Scully following his arrest in 2015.
From 2011 to 2014, they lured a number of youngsters from low-income families to his home in Barangay Bulua in Cagayan de Oro, where he repeatedly held and mistreated them.
At least eight children, ranging in age from one month to thirteen years, were mistreated in Cagayan de Oro alone, from 2011 to 2014. The sexual assaults were caught on camera and posted online.
Two of the victims who escaped from Scully's Bulua residence in 2014 were street kids who had been imprisoned, occasionally chained, sexually assaulted, and forced to dig their own graves.
In 2015, Scully was detained by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, following their escape.
Authorities exhumed a child's remains from a kitchen in a Surigao City residence after their inquiry led them there.
A different judge handed down life sentences for qualifying human trafficking to Scully and his ex-girlfriend Carme Ann "Honey Sweet" Alvarez in 2018 for rape and human trafficking in six cases involving seven children, one of whom was killed and buried in one of the couple's rented homes in Surigao City.
Scully was also given a maximum 45-year prison term for five instances of rape in the same year.
The late Judge Jose Escobido, who preceded Lloren, commanded Scully and Alvarez to provide the victims with P5 million in damages in 2018.
One of the eight victims who spoke with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) describes how the Australian national abused her and two other young girls, ages 1 and 5, in 2015.
Scully and Monique (not her real name) first spoke in 2012. Scully, who was at the time seeking for a housemaid, was introduced to her by her mother.
“Dahil sa pinangakuan ang mama ko na pag-aaralin ako ay pumayag na siya na ako ay mamasukan kay Uncle Peter.” (Since he promised my mama that he will pay for my schooling, she agreed that I work for Uncle Peter.)
As soon as Monique entered Scully's home in Surigao City, Surigao del Norte, problems started to arise.
She and two other girls, ages 1 and 5, were made to engage in indecent behaviors in front of a camera. The 1-year-old child was reportedly handed to Scully and his live-in partner Miyaka since the baby's mother was unable to care for it.
Monique said in the first video that Scully had taken pictures of her bare body. The buyer of the video was a citizen of Germany. In the second video, Monique was made to watch the two younger girls engage in intercourse while standing in the open. Additionally, a vibrator was pressed into her vagina.
Monique alleged that Miyaka also mistreated her. Miyaka would beat and pinch Monique in various places whenever she resisted the couple's orders.
Sinabihan ako ni Miyaka na kailangan ko raw magpakuha ng picture nang nakahubad kasi may Amerikano na gustong-gusto na makita ang katawan ko na hubad. (Miyaka told me that I have to have my nude photo taken because an American really likes to see me naked.)
Because of her fear, Monique admitted that she had agreed to strip for the camera.
Natatakot din ako kay Miyaka kasi sinasaktan niya ako. (I was also scared of Miyaka because she hurts me.)
She continued by saying that money also played a role in the abuse.
Dahil magbabayad nang malaking halaga ang Amerikano kaya kailangan gawin ko ‘yun. (Because the American will pay a big amount, that’s why I had to do that.)
Miyaka notified Monique that there had been a "change of plans" when she was due to meet the couple's Australian client for a "show."
Later, she learned that Scully had actually sold her to a German traveling to the Philippines.
Narinig ko mismo si Miyaka na ibebenta ako kaya tumakas ako sa bahay nila. (I heard Miyaka say that I was going to be sold, so I escaped their house.)
However, the couple continued to bully the kid.
The pair went to Monique's house after her escape and accused her of stealing. The mother of Monique was ordered to turn her over by the pair.
The couple allegedly suggested splitting the P100,000 cash made by the German national with Monique's mother.
Monique is only one of the numerous girls who Scully is accused of abusing. On Wednesday, the NBI brought a slew of allegations against him, including qualified trafficking, homicide, child abuse, and statutory rape.
The case against Scully has brought attention to the Philippines' ongoing battle against the sexual exploitation of children online.
A report from the International Justice Mission, based in Washington, the Philippines is a global hotspot for online sexual abuse, and that young people there are particularly vulnerable because of a combination of pervasive poverty, high internet connectivity, and murky global cash transfer systems.
Around 20% of Filipino children who used the internet and were between the ages of 12 and 17 had encountered some kind of online sexual abuse, according to a study conducted two years later by UNICEF, Interpol, and ECPAT International, a global network of organizations against child sexual exploitation.
At the conference, Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla vowed to go after and imprison those who abused youngsters online, but he did not elaborate on how the law and its enforcement could be reinforced.