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Gay dads charged with sexual exploitation of son

Wed 29 Feb 2012 In: International News View at Wayback

The gay fathers of a six-year-old Australian boy have been arrested in the USA after being indicted on child sexual exploitation charges relating to their own son. The two men, one an Australian and the other an American citizen resident in Australia, face charges of conspiracy to sexually exploit a child and the sexual exploitation of a child. A third man, a lawyer from Florida, has also been arrested and charged with procuring a boy aged between eight and nine for sexual exploitation. The indictment alleges the gay couple’s son was induced and coerced by all three defendants to appear in sexually explicit images and videos, either by himself or with the Florida man. No clear information on what the seized material allegedly depicts has been released.   The men say they are innocent of the charges and that they believe the authorities have some harmless video material of their son fooling around which has been misconstrued as sexual material. Families of the gay couple are trying to get custody of the boy while his fathers are being held by legal authorities. An aunt of the Australian man says she is afraid of the therapy the boy is receiving from the Los Angeles Children and Family Services, fearing he is being coached to be a victim.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Wednesday, 29th February 2012 - 9:18pm

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