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The biological father of surrogate twins born in Thailand has been charged with 10 counts of indecent dealing and possession of child pornography.
The NSW man, aged in his 50s, and his older now ex-wife became parents to twins after their 23-year-old Thai surrogate gave birth several years ago.
The revelation follows controversy surrounding West Australian couple David and Wendy Farnell, who had surrogate twins in Thailand and were accused of abandoning one, baby Gammy, because he had Down Syndrome.
In the NSW case, according to an investigative report by Nine’s A Current Affair, once the couple had arrived back in Australia the man struggled with fatherhood and the marriage ended soon after, with his ex-wife taking sole custody of the children.
Police will allege the man began sexually abusing the children from the ages of four to five years. He will appear in NSW court in December.
ACA claimed the woman was in hospital and had no other option but to ask her ex-husband to care for them in her absence.
The man also faces charges of possession of 53 child pornography images. He has denied all charges and will appear in court in December.
The Thai surrogate mother, now 30, — who has two children of her own — said her mother was paid $7000 through a Thai agency, which is about half the normal rate.
For legal reasons, the gender of the twins cannot be revealed.