Australian Man Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison for Manufacturing Child Pornography

by on December 2, 2013

42-year-old Australian man, Mark J. Newton was sentenced to 40 years in prison and was ordered to pay $400,000 to his victim after a jury found him guilty of manufacturing hardcore child pornography with his ‘adopted’ son. Newton and his boyfriend, 36-year-old Peter Truong, allegedly bought the child from his Russian mother in 2005 for $8,000.

The pair is accused of transporting the child between France, Australia, Germany, and the U.S. to film child porn and sexual abuse. The images were allegedly intended for the international porn website, Boy Lovers Network.

Heinous Acts of Exploitation

The October 2011arrests of Newton and Truong came as a result of a joint Australia-U.S. investigation, after U.S. authorities raided their L.A. home and placed the child in the custody of an American family. Indiana U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett stated that this case displayed “the most heinous acts of exploitation that this office has ever seen.”

Charges for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor in Arizona                 

In Arizona, it is illegal to record, develop, duplicate, film, photograph, transport, receive, distribute, electronically transmit, possess, sell, exhibit, purchase, or exchange any visual depiction in which a minor is engaged in exploitative exhibition of other sexual conduct.

As you can see, it is more or less illegal to engage with child pornography in any way in Arizona.

Penalties for Child Pornography in AZ

Child pornography is taken very seriously by Arizona courts, with even first-time offenders receiving prison sentences. For just one image of a child 15 or younger, an offender will face a required minimum 10 years in prison for a first-offense, with no possibility of parole or early release.

Aside from prison time and fines, an individual convicted of child pornography in AZ will be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of their life.

If you have been accused of manufacturing or possessing child pornography in Mesa, Gilbert, Phoenix, Chandler, or another AZ city, the sex crime defense attorneys at JacksonWhite will work to decrease your penalties and prison time. Get someone on your side—call 480-818-9943 to schedule a free and private consultation with JacksonWhite sex crimes lawyer, Jeremy Geigle.

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