07/09/2019 11:30 EDT

Canadian Aid Worker Sent To Prison For Sexual Abuse Of Children In Nepal

Peter Dalglish was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2016.

Peter Dalglish is seen here in a screenshot from a video posted on YouTube in April 2016.

KATHMANDU, Nepal — A Canadian aid worker has been sentenced to nine years in prison in Nepal for sexually abusing two boys who were found at his home.

A judge issued the sentence Monday against Peter Dalglish, who was arrested last year and convicted last month of sexually abusing children.

He was issued separate sentences of nine years and seven years, but they will overlap. This means Dalglish will be in jail for nine years in total, Kavre District Court official Thakur Chandra Trital said Tuesday.

The judge also ordered Dalglish to pay 500,000 rupees ($5,900) each as compensation to the boys, who were then 12 and 14 years old.

Dalglish was arrested at his mountain villa in April 2018. 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 UN Habitat in Afghanistan and the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response in Liberia. He has focused much of his time on working with children.

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

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

In December 2016, Dalglish was appointed a member of the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honours. 

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