Mark J. Newton and Peter Truong
Crimes: Pedophile, Child Pornography
Mark J. Newton and his boyfriend Peter Truong, originally of Queensland, Australia, are filthy, disgusting pedophiles. There’s no wrapping it up to make it pretty. They were both active members of the Boy Lovers network, an international child porn syndicate. They made and shared hardcore child pornography — images and videos — for their fellow members’ entertainment. Tragically, they also shared their adopted son.
Mark J. Newton and Peter Truong had managed to get their hands on an infant boy in 2005. They paid a Russian woman to be their surrogate for $8,000. According to them Mark J. Newton was the biological father.
“We decided that we would have a child, that it was time for us to have a family. We wanted to experience the joys of fatherhood,” Peter Truong said in a media interview. Riiight.
Little did the surrogate mother know when she handed over her 5-day-old baby that she was placing him in the care of evil, sick hellbeasts.
Being pedophiles, Mark J. Newton and Peter Truong didn’t want a son for any other purpose than sexual exploitation. Within days — DAYS — of gaining custody of the infant, the evil pair of pedos began sexually abusing their victim.
When the infant was less than 2 weeks old, Peter Truong videotaped Mark J. Newton performing a sex act on him.
The perverted pair lived with their “son” in Los Angeles and in Queensland. Over the next 6 years they travelled around the world, offering the little guy to at least 8 other pedophiles for sex. They recorded the sexual abuse and uploaded their movies to the Boy Lovers Network.
I guess the evil pervs made enough money from their child porn that they could afford to live and travel around the globe without any legitimate means of income.
Sadly, Mark J. Newton and Peter Truong raised that little boy to believe that sex with adults was normal and natural. They also taught him to lie about it if he was ever questioned by authority figures.
The idyllic pedo life that Mark J. Newton and Peter Truong led began to go wrong in August 2011. A fellow pedo from New Zealand was arrested and his computer drives were confiscated. Authorities found images of the Newton/Truong family on an outing. The images weren’t sexual, but they were “off”.
“On examination of the drives, they located some of the images – whilst they were not of a nature that would constitute a criminal offence, to the trained eye … the images were not what you would see as a traditional family snap,’’ said Detective Inspector Jon Rouse, head of Queensland police Taskforce Argos.
Taskforce Argos specifically targets pedophiles, so Detective Inspector Rouse knows whereof he speaks.
“The pictures were kind of modeling shots, it looked wrong to us,” said Detective Inspector Rouse in a TV interview.
Taskforce Argos checked out Newton and Truong’s chat logs and uncovered communications with 3 known pedophiles. The boy had even been taken for “visits” with the men in the U.S., New Zealand and Germany.
While the POS pedos were in the U.S. with their boy, Queensland police searched their Cairns home. They found evidence to support their suspicions, but not enough to prosecute the men. A lot of the material had been encrypted on computer drives and the police were unable to figure out the passwords.
Taskforce Argos then contacted U.S. authorities about their investigation and conclusions, and sent them all of the evidence, including encrypted hard drives.
The US Postal Inspection Service was already investigating the Boy Lover network, and Investigator Brian Bone recognized the photos of the boy as the same child who featured in child porn movies and images uncovered in their investigations.
“Personally I think this is probably (one of) the worst (pedophile) rings.. if not the worst ring I’ve ever heard of,’’ Investigator Brian Bone said.
Mark J. Newton and Peter Truong’s Los Angeles home was raided by police in October 2011. The child was taken into care and placed with a family.
Not surprisingly, Mark J. Newton and Peter Truong bleated long and loud that they’d been targeted because they were homosexual. Hah!
Detective Inspector Rouse responded to that accusation, “If you’re harming a child – I don’t care what your gender is – we will take action. Our interest is the child, not your sexual preference.”
The pedo pervs were arrested in February 2012. When faced with the evidence provided by Taskforce Argos, Peter Truong caved and gave the American investigators the passwords to the computer drives.
No big surprise — the computers were full of child porn produced over a matter of years, much of it featuring their adopted son.
“The evidence told us effectively that these two men are intrinsically linked with child sex offenders, with a preference for young boys, going back a long way and they have travelled the world and sexually exploited that young boy,” Detective Inspector Rouse 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 had said when the monsters were brought to court.
Peter Truong, 36, pled guilty to charges of conspiring to sexually exploit a child and possessing child pornography. He is still awaiting sentencing.
‘‘Being a father was an honour and a privilege that amounted to the best six years of my life,’’ Mark J. Newton told the court. Riiiight. What a father he was!
U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker responded to him saying, “Words don’t help … What can be said? What can be done to erase some of the horror of this?”
On June 28, 2013, in District Court in Indianapolis, Mark J. Newton, 42, was sentenced to 40 years in prison for conspiracy to sexually exploit a minor and conspiracy to possess child pornography. He was also ordered to pay $400,000 in restitution to the child.
US District Judge Sarah Evans Barker said the disgusting pair of pedophiles deserves a much harsher punishment but were tried in district court to avoid subjecting a jury to those repulsive child pornography movies and images.
The investigation into Newton and Truong also led to the arrest of other pedophiles. Yay! Here’s hoping they catch them all!
I shall keep readers posted about Peter Truong’s sentence (reminders are welcome). I hope his sentence is the maximum.
I also hope that both Peter Truong and Mark J. Newton suffer mightily for their deviant deeds. But mostly I hope that that little boy, and all the other young victims, can find safety, love, and happiness for the rest of their lives.
Peter Truong has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. The judge had taken into consideration his willingness to lead authorities to other pedophiles as well as his personal history as a victim of childhood abuse.