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Australian Gay-Marriage Crusader Was Fugitive Wanted on Kiddie Porn Charge

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Matthew Hynd, who made headlines in Australia as a supporter of gay marriage, was a fugitive from justice, wanted in the United States on child pornography charges. Hynd was sentenced to more than six years in federal prison earlier this month, after having been deported last year from Australia, where he had started a business and, along with his Pakistani boyfriend, campaigned for gay rights.

“In 2010, while Hynd was living and working in Albany, FBI Agents executed a search warrant on his home, after Hynd distributed child pornography images over the Internet,” the U.S. Department of Justice said in a press release. “Agents found hundreds of images of child pornography on Hynd’s computers. Hynd then fled the United States and returned to his native Australia.”

Hynd had been a professor at New York’s SUNY Albany Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, but became addicted to both methamphetamine and child pornography, his lawyer told Judge Mae D’Agostino at a May 3 sentencing hearing. U.S. prosecutors described Hind as “manipulative and attempting to falsely blame a friend for the child pornography,” according to the Australian News website:

Three days after the search warrant was executed [in 2010], Hynd bought an airline ticket to fly from New York to Casablanca, Morocco, and the next day he boarded the flight.
He left his job in Albany without providing notice to his employer and prosecutors said flight records showed Hynd “travelled around the world before landing in Australia, where he is a citizen”.
Hynd was indicted in the US in 2012, extradited from Australia in August 2015, and entered guilty pleas to distribution and possession of child pornography charges. . . .
Judge D’Agostino ordered Hynd also serve a lifetime term of supervised release after he leaves jail and to pay $US1000 in restitution to one of his child pornography victims.

However, as activist Luke McKee reported on his @VGB_OPSEC Twitter account, Hynd had become something of an LGBT celebrity while a fugitive in Australia. In March 2012, he and his lover Ali Choudhry were featured in a profile story in the Brisbane Courier-Mail after they were granted a civil union license in Queensland, which was voided in a controversial act by the province’s conservative government.

The couple later made news because Choudhry, who had come to Australia on a student visa in 2009, was facing deportation to his native Pakistan. In a 2013 profile at the Australian LGBT site Same Same, Choudry described how he met Hynd:

As with all great modern romances we met online, in February 2010. I was studying in Australia and Matt was working with the New York State Department of Health. Over the next few months we spoke on the phone, texted and Skyped — which is harder than it sounds because of the 14-hour time difference.
In August of 2010, Matt came on a holiday back to Australia where we were able to finally meet in person. We knew right then and there that it was meant to be. After a lot of thought, Matt quit his job and moved to Australia in December 2010. On February 13, 2014 we will celebrate our four-year anniversary.

Choudhry’s claim that Hynd came to Australia “on a holiday” when, in fact, the professor was fleeing federal charges in the U.S., raises the question of whether Choudhry knew of Hynd’s interest in child pornography, and possibly shared it, since their online “romance” occurred during the months immediately preceding the search warrant that prompted Hynd’s flight.

Yet the fact that Hynd had been indicted in the U.S. was not known to the Australian LGBT activists who supported an online fundraising appeal Choudhry and Hynd made in 2013:

That appeal (“Support Love – A Gay Love Story”) raised more than $6,000 — easily doubling their original goal — and in 2014, Choudhry was granted an extension on his visa. Meanwhile, Hynd had started a business, Slurp Tea, that got publicity in Brisbane media:

The report of Matthew Hynd’s sentencing in the Courier-Mail this month made no reference to his high-profile past as “Chief Tea Guru” and a prominent gay-rights activist widely covered in Australian media.

Nor is this the first time Australia’s media has promoted pedophiles in the name of gay rights. In 2010, the Australian Broadcasting Company featured a story headlined “Two Dads Are Better Than One” about Peter Truong and Mark Newton, who said their son was conceived in 2005 with the assistance of a Russian surrogate mother. Three years later, however,Truong and Newton were convicted of sexually exploiting the boy:

Police believe the pair had adopted the boy “for the sole purpose of exploitation.” The abuse began just days after his birth and over six years the couple travelled the world, offering him up for sex with at least eight men, recording the abuse and uploading the footage to an international syndicate known as the Boy Lovers Network.

Another prominent gay activist, former University of Southern California Professor Walter Lee Williams, was sentenced to five years in prison in 2014 for “flying to the Philippines and sexually assaulting underage boys he had met online.” Williams had been a fugitive in Mexico but was apprehended in 2013 after being named to the FBI’s Most Wanted List:

Recognition for Williams’ educational work included the USC General Education Outstanding Teacher Award in 2006. But his academic work was a cover for his criminal activity, according to prosecutors.
Williams taught anthropology, gender studies and history at USC for about two decades until he quit in 2011. Under the guise of academic research on sexuality in the Southeast Asia/Pacific region, he repeatedly traveled to the area, prosecutors said.

Federal prosecutors alleged that the author and Fulbright Award winner used those trips to sexually assault underage boys. Investigators believe he has at least 10 victims across Southeast Asia, aged 9 to 17.
Williams engaged in Webcam sex sessions with two boys, aged 13 and 14, in the Philippines in 2010, prosecutors alleged. The next year, he traveled to the country and sexually assaulted both boys and a 15-year-old boy, according to the plea agreement.

While there, he also had sexual contact with three other 16-year-old boys, records show. When he returned to Los Angeles International Airport on Feb. 11, 2011, he was stopped and child pornography was found on him.

The professor fled Los Angeles a week after being interviewed by the FBI. An attorney for USC last year provided the FBI with materials the professor donated to the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives that contained “lascivious visual depictions of minors,” according to the plea agreement.

First published at TheOtherMcCain.com



 

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