The Herald Bulletin

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July 2, 2013

Australian man admits using boy in Internet porn

Evidence found on computers in Anderson

INDIANAPOLIS — An Australian man accused of making child pornography with a boy he purchased for $8,000 in a foreign country and allowing other men to sexually abuse the child was sentenced Friday in U.S.federal court in Indiana, where the videos were found downloaded on a home computer.

Pornographic recordings of the abuse was found on a computer in Anderson, according to investigators. U.S. postal inspectors worked with federal prosecutors to trace the pornography to its source. Recordings were also found on computers in San Francisco and Arlington, Va.

The 42-year-old man, who investigators say used falsified documents to adopt the boy after bringing him to the U.S., was sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy charges involving child exploitation. He was also ordered to pay $400,000 in restitution to the boy. The judge overseeing the case, U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker, said she accepted the plea agreement only because the videos were too horrific to show a jury.

The man's partner also has been convicted, according to prosecutors, but has not yet been sentenced.

During the hearing, prosecutors said the charges stemmed from abuse that occurred when the boy was 5 or 6 years old. But prosecutors said they discovered video last week showing the man using the boy for a sex act when he was less than 2 years old. Investigators also allege the man and his partner took the boy to foreign countries where they allowed at least eight other men to abuse him, often recording the acts. Two other boys were also abused, prosecutors said.

"These men submitted this young child to some of the most heinous acts of exploitation that this office has ever seen," Indiana U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett said in a statement late Friday, following the hearing.

The men had been living with the boy in California, where they were able to use falsified records to legalize an adoption, according to court records obtained by The Associated Press. The men's names are not being released by the AP to protect the identity of the boy, who prosecutors say had been rescued and was being cared for in California.

— The Associated Press

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