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It’s a case that defies belief and goes against every principle of parenthood. An Australian man and his partner purchased a baby boy in Russia in 2005, presenting themselves as a devoted pair of gay fathers. In reality, behind closed doors, they were sexually abusing the boy and allowing others to do the same from when he was less than two years old. On the weekend Australian citizen Mark Newton was sentenced in the US to 40 years in prison. His partner Peter Truong is awaiting his sentence. Caro Meldrum Hanna has this report and a warning this story contains disturbing and explicit.
Sexual references. Testing this is Ginger from ABC far north. It was June 2010, ABC local radio presenter Ginger Gorman was setting out to meet an interesting family in Trinity Beach in Far North Queensland. I was putting together a series of interviews on gender. This particular interview was with a couple who were gay dads, and they had been on a long journey to have a child via surrogacy. On all appearances American man Mark Newton and his Australian partner, Peter Truong, were a proud couple. Pictured here posing with their adopted son who we will call Boy.
One. These are the sounds Ginger Gorman recorded that day, playing with the boy and his pet baby chickens in the backyard. Have you fed them this morning? No. Oh, here’s one. One’s harder to get. Yeah? Do you know what this chicken’s name is?.
No, I haven’t figured out the name. I don’t think he’s named them yet. I gonna call them chick nasty. I felt no sense that anything was wrong. For all intents and purposes this appeared to be a loving family and a loving household. And I’ve gone over and over it in my brain and I just did not feel that anything was wrong. Mark Newton and Peter Truong were masters of deception, starting with finding a surrogate mother abroad.
I gave up my career and my job and went to Russia to oversee the process and so obviously we’re very dedicated to making this work. Our budget was anything that we earned, anything we had saved and anything that we could borrow to make this happen. And why was it your sperm that was used, and not Pete’s, Mark? A flip of the coin I think. We’d gone back and forth several times. This was the first of many lies told by Newton and Truong, whose depraved secret life was uncovered a year and a half later, when in February 2012 the men were arrested in California. Charged with producing and sharing child pornography and extreme acts of sexual exploitation.
I’m profoundly shocked and disgusted by what’s happened. Since then I am just revolted and I find myself quite despairing about the turn of events. The purchase of a child to bring the child into your life for the explicit and sole purpose of exploiting him across a network of men is incredibly depraved and a very, very sad tale for that little boy. The sad story of Boy 1’s life begins here in Russia. According to US court documents, in July 2005 his mother sold him to Newton and Truong for US$8,000. His birth papers were falsified to list Newton and his biological father, paving the way for Boy one to be adopted.
And brought to Queensland. Six years would pass until August 2011 when a chance discovery was made here in Wellington, New Zealand, by Jon Peacock, a senior internal affairs investigator. During the investigation of a Wellington man, the forensic analysis of his machine identified a series of images of Boy one who was shirtless. And they were quite contrived staged photos, if you like that just, as I said, didn’t sit right in terms of standard family holiday type snap shots. Peacock sent the images to police attached to Operation Argus in Brisbane. The specialised.