CA holds AUS gay couple’s kids during child sex probe
News outlets in Australia reported Thursday that an unidentified gay male couple had their six year old children taken away by child services in Los Angeles while the FBI and Queensland police investigate the couple as possible members of an international pedophile ring.
The men say they are victims of prejudice against gay fathers. According to the Courier-Mail, they believe they are being investigated because three different men they met through social media have been arrested in conjunction with child pornography.
The news site also reports that the couple has made a desperate appeal to Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd to intercede with LA’s Department of Children and Family Services–or DCFS–which took away their 6-year-old son when the family was in L.A. on vacation last October.
The parents said DCFS has found no evidence of harm to the child and no charges have been filed against them.
However, a report in the Brisbane Times says that DCFS is in possession of a video in which the son is seen “watching a film of pornography with another child and speaking in an explicit sexual manner.”
A DCFS spokesperson would not comment specifically about the case but told OutQ News that no child would be detained without an evaluation that the child was or might be in danger. The boy was born to one of the men through a Russian surrogate in 2005. He has been in foster care for three and a half months.
The parents are in LA where a hearing will be held next week to determine whether the child should be permanently removed.