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Australia authorities track down Thai surrogate 'paedophile'

Published on Aug 7, 2014 8:44 PM
Australian authorities have finally managed to contact the biological father of baby Gammy, who was left in the care of Thai surrogate mother. The man, who has a past conviction as a paedophile, was defended by his son as a "changed man". -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PERTH (AFP) - Australian authorities said Thursday they had finally contacted a man exposed as a convicted paedophile at the centre of a Thai surrogate baby scandal, as his son defended him as a changed man.

Child protection officials had been trying to touch base with the man and his wife since Tuesday but visits to their home in Bunbury, south of Perth, went unanswered.

The man, 56, sparked global controversy for apparently abandoning baby boy Gammy, who has Down's syndrome, in Thailand and taking only his healthy twin sister back home, although he and his wife dispute the circumstances.

It subsequently emerged that he was convicted in the 1990s on 22 child sex abuse charges involving girls as young as seven, state broadcaster ABC reported.

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