A SERIAL French paedo dodged a firing squad for sexually abusing more than 300 children by killing himself in prison, say Indonesian cops.
Pervert Francois Camille Abello, 65, was arrested in a hotel room in western Jakarta, where he was found with two naked girls after a tip-off.
Abello had faced a maximum penalty of chemical castration or death by firing squad under Indonesia’s child protection laws, reports Associated Press.
However, a guard found him lying in his cell with a wire wrapped around his neck last Friday.
Jakarta police spokesman Yusri Yunus said although the paedo's condition initially stabilised, he then deteriorated before dying in Kramat Jati National Police Hospital late Sunday.
Cops had been tipped off about the sexual predator after nearby residents suspected a foreigner at the hotel was exploiting children.
The vile retiree was paraded in handcuffs at a news conference last Thursday.
Police revealed they had found explicit videos on his computer showing him sexually abusing 305 children aged from ten to 17.
Abello remained silent at the news conference.
Jakarta Police Chief Nana Sudjana said the pervert had not cooperated with investigators and refused to provide computer programme passwords.
He said most of the victims were street children whom Abello had approached and lured for abuse after offering work as models.
Abello paid them between 250,000 and 1 million rupiah ($17 and $70) for engaging in sex acts and beat those who refused, Sudjana said.
“We are still investigating whether he has also exploited his victims economically through social media or other internet platforms,” Sudjana added.
Coconuts says that Abello had entered Indonesia on a tourist visa several times over the past five years.
There are reports that foreign paedophiles are increasingly targeting children in Indonesia.
But there have been few arrests of foreigners and little research on the topic.
In mid-June, police said they arrested an American fugitive, Russ Albert Medlin, for alleged sexual assault of children.
He was apprehended at his residence in southern Jakarta after police questioned three minors.
Medlin had been charged with sexual violence against a minor twice by a district court in Nevada between 2006 and 2008 and served two years in prison prior to his arrest in Jakarta, Yunus said.