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Australian father jailed over porn featuring own children

The 51-year-old was at the centre of an international paedophile ring of parents who streamed live footage of themselves abusing their own children.
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The 51-year-old Australian man filmed himself sexually abusing his own children, aged 11 and 12, and shared the footage online. (Patrick Smith /AFP/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, Australia -- An Australian man who streamed footage of himself sexually abusing his own children has been sentenced to a maximum 21 years in jail with a 15 year non-parole period.

The 51-year-old from New South Wales' Central Coast also incited others to sexually abuse children as young as four, the local Newcastle Herald reports, explaining that his own children were aged 11 and 12.

According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the man was arrested in November 2010 along with his wife, 30, and another man, 43.  He pleaded guilty soon after.

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They three accused are described as dominating an international pedophile ring, which involved parents across Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, the Netherlands, France and Germany, the news service reports.

The network carried out depraved and violent sex acts on their children, which included the use of drugs and animals, and streamed the footage live on the internet.

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A local branch of the anti-child abuse campaign group Bravehearts told 1233 ABC Newcastle that the case was among the worst they had heard of. 

The group's spokeswoman, Karen Lindley says the sentence handed down was not long enough, adding: "We believe that every child sex offender should be locked up and have the key thrown away."

The man's children are said to be in the care of the Department of Family and Community Services, and their mother and the co-accused are due to be sentenced next week.

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