Thanks to Brad for the tip on this one. This case has been described as one of the most horrific cases of child trafficking and sexual abuse in Australian and US history.
Australian couple Peter Truong (36) and Mark J. Newton (40) allegedly bought a baby boy from a Russian woman for $8000, for the sole purpose of sexually abusing him and passing him around a paedophile ring which spanned Australia and the US. Newton has been sentenced to 40 years’ jail, with Truong following him with the same sentence.
The baby boy’s sexual abuse started merely days after he was brought back to Australia. Over the first six years of his life, the couple travelled the world with the boy, offering him up to other paedophiles and recording the abuse for posting to an international syndicate known as the Boy Lovers Network (*gags*). The couple were to settle down in Australia with the boy, but could not get a Visa for him. There, Customs started asking questions about the boy, where did he come from etc. Police were also sent to the couple’s home in Cairns to look at things. Evidence pointed to the fact that the abuse had started before the couple came back to Australia, with the earliest video of the abuse showing Newton performing a sex act on the boy when he was all of TWO WEEKS OLD!
The couple were busted by the police after they were connected to 3 men who were arrested for child porn possession. When the cops came and searched the couple’s home, sure enough, they found more child porn. At that stage, the couple had visited the 3 men in Germany, New Zealand and the US with the boy.
Truong is trying the old sob story of how he was abused as a child and didn’t know any better, to trick the judge into feeling sorry for him. Psssshaw, bullshit. He knew how much abuse hurt and how it would be wrong to make another human being feel that way. Yet he chose to do that to another child. According to court documents, the pair brainwashed the boy into thinking that sexual abuse was normal and to deny any maltreatment when asked by authorities. He also denies paying $8000 for the boy, but rather $5000. Like that makes it any better. He pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to sexually exploit a child and possession of child porn.
The boy has remained in the US and is being cared for by Newton’s relatives (Newton was originally from the US).