Queensland paedophile Peter Truong, who bought a newborn boy
for $US8000 ($NZ9600) and then allowed men around the world
to abuse the child, has been sentenced in a US court to 30
Truong, 36, faced a maximum 40-year sentence, while the plea
deal he struck with prosecutors could have allowed a minimum
of 24 years.
US District Court judge Sarah Evans Barker, in announcing the
sentence on Monday (local time) in Indianapolis, took note of
Truong's willingness to work with authorities to lead them to
other paedophiles and his own history as a childhood abuse
Truong's domestic partner, Mark Newton, 42, also from
Queensland, was jailed in June for 40 years.
Prosecutors say Truong and Newton bought the boy from a woman
in a "foreign" country, believed to be Russia, and then
transported him around the world to engage in sex with more
than half a dozen other men, all before his sixth birthday.
Truong entered guilty pleas to one count of conspiracy to
sexually exploit a child and conspiracy to possess child
Prosecutors asked that Truong be sentenced to 33 years'
Truong and Newton were arrested in Los Angeles in 2011 and
the boy was taken into protective custody.