LifesiteNews 3 July 2013
Police in Australia have described as “depraved” the case of a six-year-old boy who was sexually abused by his adoptive homosexual “fathers” and other men who were part of an international child-porn syndicate known as the Boy Lovers network. Authorities in Australia and the US worked together to arrest and charge the men after it emerged that the boy had been offered to men in Australia, the US, France and Germany for sexual exploitation and the production of child pornography from a very young age. Last week one of the men, an American named Mark J. Newton, 42, was jailed in the U.S. for 40 years and ordered to pay $400,000 in restitution to the child, while the other, Peter Truong, 36, from New Zealand, awaits sentencing in his home country.
…. Adam was handed over to Newton and Truong five days after his birth in 2005. Australian media covered Adam’s arrival home, describing the two men as happy, loving fathers. In a case of bitter irony, in one article Mark told a reporter that authorities had questioned he and Peter at length when they first brought Adam to Australia, and that he was sure that they were under suspicion of pedophilia. But, he said, “We’re a family just like any other family.” On July 14, 2010, when Adam was 5 years old, ABC Far North Queensland broadcast a story titled “Two dads are better than one” which stated that “becoming parents was hard work for gay couple Pete and Mark, but they’d do it all over again if they had to.”
Two dads are better than one
ABC 14 July 2010
… What followed was two and a half years of bureaucracy before the child received permanent Australian residency and another year before he got citizenship. On arrival in Australia customs quizzed Mark and Pete for hours. Police were also sent around to their house on a Sunday morning to investigate. “When people see two guys together, you know it’s like, ‘Where’s his mother?’ We’ve had a lot of people ask that,” Pete said. “I think that even if one of us was a woman, we wouldn’t have had the same suspicions and problems that we went through.” Thinking back to the police visit, Pete said the police seemed to want reassurance that the situation was ‘right’. They checked if the couple had equipment to raise a child like a bed, clothes and bottles. Mark said he’s sure that they were under suspicion of paedophilia. But despite the difficulties, he said the couple would do it again with no hesitation. “We’re a family just like any other family,” he said with pride.