Nepal court says Canadian guilty of sexual abuse of children

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KATHMANDU, Nepal – A Canadian aid worker has been found guilty by a Nepalese court of sexually abusing two boys who were found at his home last year.

Kavre District Court official Thakur Chandra Trital said Wednesday the judge issued a guilty verdict this week against Peter Dalglish, a year after he was arrested at his home with the boys, who were aged 12 and 14.

Sentencing has been scheduled for July 8. He faces up to 13 years in prison.

Dalglish was arrested from his mountain villa in Nepal in April 2018 and charged with sexually abusing children. He had denied the charges.

Dalglish helped found the charity Street Kids International and has worked for decades for a number of humanitarian agencies, including U.N. Habitat in Afghanistan and the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response in Liberia. He has focused much of the time on working children and street children.

Investigating officials had said Dalglish lured children from poor families with promises of education, jobs and trips, and then sexually abused them.

Investigators followed Dalglish for weeks after they received information about alleged abuses.