Convicted child pornographer breaches supervision order

Stephen Scully (59) was jailed for seven years in 2004 for sex offences against children. PHOTO:...
Stephen Scully (59) was jailed for seven years in 2004 for sex offences against children. PHOTO: ODT FILES
A repeat sex offender and child pornographer was associating with another paedophile and unlawfully using the man's computer, a court has heard.

Stephen Brett Scully (59) is almost a year into a five-year extended supervision order (ESO) - a measure used by Corrections to monitor high-risk sex and violence offenders once their prison terms have been served.

The order was imposed on Scully when he was released from Rolleston Prison at the end of a 43-month stint behind bars for child-pornography offences.

During the first half of 2013, the defendant uploaded 100 lewd images to a file-sharing site online and analysis of his computer's hard drive showed he sent 30 objectionable photos depicting bestiality and sex between children and adults to another individual on one night.

The offences came shortly after Scully had completed the Kia Marama treatment programme in prison.

In July 2004, he was locked up for seven years for a range of depraved acts.

One of the boys was sexually assaulted by Scully for more than three years, during which he would force the boy to perform sexual acts, then video them and store the files on his computer.

He would distribute them to other paedophiles.

In February and March, Scully's probation officer was contacted by two members of the public complaining the man had activated a Facebook profile.

It would appear online intermittently, the Dunedin District Court heard yesterday, which was indicative of someone logging into the account and later deactivating it.

One of Scully's ESO conditions barred him from using an electronic device unless supervised by an approved person.

He denied he had been on Facebook.

However, Scully admitted accessing an email account on the computer of another registered child sex offender.

That man admitted to Corrections that his friend had used his computer and that he had admitted using social media when he was banned from doing so.

An initial report on Scully assessed him as having a "nonchalant attitude" and recommended he be jailed.

However, another deemed he should remain in the community.

Judge Dominic Flatley said there appeared "nothing sinister" about Scully's internet use.

He was sentenced to 12 months' intensive supervision.


July 2004: Scully is jailed for seven years for sex offences against children, one of whom he filmed and distributed the resulting material among paedophiles.
Feb 2015: Imprisoned for more than three years for possession of child pornography.
July 2018: Scully is released from Rolleston Prison, subject to five-year extended supervision order.
Feb 2019: Accesses the internet at the home of another child sex offender, in breach of the order.

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