Australian police described as “depraved” the case of a six-year-old boy obtained by his gay male parents via a surrogate and then sexually abused by them and others.
Authorities in Australia and the United States worked together to bring to justice the men, Mark Newton and Peter Truong, who had lived in the north Queensland city of Cairns.
The baby boy they obtained from a Russian surrogate in 2005 and formally adopted had been offered to others for sexual exploitation from a very young age.
“None of these cases are very good,” said Queensland detective inspector Jon Rouse, who heads the task force which investigates online child exploitation and abuse. “What’s pretty sad about this one is the way this child came into their lives. It’s just really a tragedy. It’s extremely depraved.”
A chance discovery in New Zealand put police on their track. Authorities investigating a child-sex offender in Wellington had found images of the boy on the man’s computer.
The images raised red flags with Australian police and further investigations unearthed chat logs between the couple and other child- sex offenders.
When police raided the couple’s home, they found enough material on laptops and other devices to ensure their arrest and the boy’s removal from their care.
Both men were arrested in California in 2012 and charged. Last weekend, Newton was jailed for 40 years, Truong is awaiting sentencing.