Australian sentenced to 40-years for sexual exploitation

Last updated 18:02 29/06/2013

Relevant offers

Australia

Kiwi couple in Perth can take action against ANZ over worthless life insurance No-reserve auction could see properties in tiny Queensland town go for $1 Alleged Tinder killer Gable Tostee shames Australian news reporter Brothel madam won't face trial over Tony McGrath murder Postman asked to 'evict' spider from letterbox Boy 'has a target on his head': lawyer Serial Western Australia stalker jailed for more than four years Police investigating Cardinal George Pell child abuse allegations: report Hammer killer gets 20 years jail for Australian's murder Perth photographer captures amazing encounter between shark and surfers

An Australian man who bought a baby boy for $US8000 (NZ$10,321) with his partner, sexually abused the child and handed him off to other pedophiles to molest, has been sentenced to 40 years' prison in the US.

Judge Sarah Evans Barker, while sentencing the 42-year-old in the US District Court in Indianapolis on Friday, said he deserved a harsher punishment but accepted the plea deal because she did not want to subject jurors to the disturbing evidence.

Prosecutors discovered videos and photos of the man, his domestic partner, also an Australian, and other men in Australia, the US, Germany and France abusing the child from the age of two to six.

''For more than one year and across three continents, these men submitted this young child to some of the most heinous acts of exploitation that this office has ever seen,'' Indiana US Attorney Joe Hogsett said after the sentencing.

The 40-year sentence was the maximum available for the conspiracy to sexually exploit a minor and conspiracy to posses child pornography charges the man entered guilty pleas to.

His partner has also entered guilty pleas and will be sentenced later this year.

The court heard the two men, who had been living in California, bought the newborn boy in an undisclosed country and used falsified documents in Los Angeles in an attempt to adopt him.

The boy was rescued by US authorities and is being cared for in California.

Ad Feedback

- AAP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content