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Man Sentenced In Child Exploitation Case

Last updated on Saturday, June 29, 2013

(UNDATED) - A man who made is adopted son available to at least eight other people for sex was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison.

Mark J. Newtown, an American who had been living in Australia, was given the maximum sentence on federal charges of conspiracy to exploit a minor and conspiracy to possess child pornography by federal judge Sarah Evans Barker.

The case was prosecuted in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana because images of the sex acts involving the young boy were found on the computer of an Anderson man in a larger child exploitation and pornography investigation, said U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett.

Records in the case have been sealed since Newton was charged in February 2012.

Also facing charges in the case are Peter Truong, an Australian citizen identified in court records as Newton's domestic partner; John R. Powell of Florida; and Jason Bettuo of Illinois.

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