AN AUSTRALIAN gay couple have had their six-year-old son taken from them by child protection authorities in Los Angeles while the FBI and Queensland police investigate allegations that they are members of an international paedophile ring. The men, who insist on their innocence, have told Fairfax: "It looks really bad."
The child was taken in October last year, the day after the couple's house in Cairns was searched by Queensland police from Task Force Argos, which works with national and international law enforcement agencies on child protection cases. A spokesman for Queensland police confirmed the matter is under investigation.
A report by the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services says the FBI is also investigating allegations that one of the men "is suspected of sexually abusing [the child]. They are also suspected of exploiting [the child] through child pornography and obtaining [the child] for the sole purpose of exploitation."
Advertisement: Story continues below
Among the material in the hands of the department is a video that, according to its report, shows the son "watching a film of pornography with another child and speaking in an explicit sexual manner". Another is said to show him in public with a child "speaking in a sexual and profane manner" as they partly undress.
The men, who claim to be victims of prejudice in Australia and the US against gay fathers, have been canvassing support for their cause in Cairns and in the gay press. They remain in Los Angeles.
Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.