Australian paedophile Peter Truong jailed for 30 years in US after trafficking adopted son to Boy Lovers Network

Australian paedophile Peter Truong jailed for 30 years in US after trafficking adopted son to Boy Lovers Network

Australian paedophile Peter Truong jailed for 30 years in US after trafficking adopted son to Boy Lovers Network

Updated 10 December 2013, 11:31 AEST

A Queensland man who trafficked his adopted son to an international paedophile network has been sentenced to 30 years in jail by a US court.

Peter Truong and his partner Mark Newton bought the child, who the ABC will call Boy 1, for around $8,000 from Russia in 2005.

His birth papers were falsified to list Newton as his biological father, paving the way for Boy 1 to be adopted and brought to Queensland.

Police say the pair allowed at least eight men in several different countries, including Australia, the US, Germany and France, to molest the boy when he was between two and six years old.

Truong entered guilty pleas to one count of conspiracy to sexually exploit a child and conspiracy to possess child pornography.

US district court judge Sarah Evans Barker announced Truong's sentence on Monday in Indianapolis.

The 36-year-old had faced a maximum 40-year sentence, while a plea deal he struck with prosecutors could have allowed a minimum of 24 years.

The judge said she took note of Truong's willingness to work with authorities to lead them to other paedophiles and his own history as a childhood abuse victim.

Newton had earlier been sentenced to 40 years in jail for his crimes.

Truong and Newton evaded detection for six years, until a chance discovery exposed their depraved life and their paedophile network.

In 2011, New Zealand authorities discovered images revealing the boy had been used in child pornography.

'They look so normal'


ABC reporter Ginger Gorman, who interviewed Peter Truong and Mark Newton about their struggle to become parents, reflects on the ordeal of discovering they are paedophiles.

They alerted Taskforce Argos and Queensland police raided the couple's house, just after the men and the boy had left for the US.

Police seized computers, electronic equipment and documents that uncovered high-definition video and images of child exploitation.

The videos were often uploaded to an international syndicate known as the Boy Lovers Network.

The network is a forum for men who describe sexual abuse of boys between the ages of two and 10 as a form of consensual love between man and boy.

One video showed Boy 1 performing sex acts on Newton with a disturbing level of sophistication when he was not even two years old.

When he turned five, in one month alone, Newton videoed himself engaging in sexual activity with Boy 1 on more than a dozen different occasions.

Truong and Newton were arrested in Los Angeles in 2011 and the boy was taken into protective custody.

Queensland police officer Jon Rouse, who investigates online child exploitation as part of Taskforce Argos, has vowed to not rest until all the men involved in the network are behind bars.

"With this network, rest assured that we will pursue them to the ends of the Earth to make sure each and every one of them faces justice for what their role has been in crimes against this child," he told 7.30 earlier this year.

"The purchase of the child for the explicit and sole purpose of exploiting him across a network of men is incredibly depraved and very sad tale for that little boy."

Truong and Newton evaded detection for six years, until a chance discovery exposed their depraved life and their paedophile network.