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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 October 2005, 16:47 GMT 17:47 UK
Paedophile tracked down by father
Scullion had fled to Pattaya, in Thailand
A paedophile who fled the UK when he was released from prison on licence was caught after the victim's father hired a private detective to track him down.

Bernard Scullion, of Wallasey, Wirral, was jailed for two years in January 2004 for assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

He served five months but when he was released on licence he fled to Pattaya, in Thailand.

The girl's father, who cannot be named for legal reasons, spent thousands of pounds tracking the 54-year-old down.

'Absolute limit'

"The money and effort I spent in finding Scullion has been worthwhile if my child grows up knowing that I did something about it," he said.

"He shouldn't have left the country and I was prepared to go to the absolute limit to get him back here.

"I was determined that he was not going to get away," he told the Liverpool Echo newspaper.

Scullion, who was also convicted of having child pornography on his computer, had been employed by the girl's family as a chauffeur.

His two-year sentence was halved by the Court of Appeal in May 2004.

Scullion is now serving a four-month sentence after admitting breaching his licence.

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