Alleged child-porn maker to answer to 935 charges in court


Schoolgirls take part in a football match at Kilifi in June 2010 where an initiative called 'Moving the Goalspost', MTG, has sponsored female students where drop-out rates in the region due to early marriages, teen pregnancy are high.

JOHANNESBURG – A Johannesburg man who is facing 935 charges after being found manufacturing and distributing child pornography in Sasolburg two years ago is to appear in court.

The South African Police Services (SAPS) confirmed that 19 of the man’s alleged victims have been identified. Their ages range from 10 to 13 years old.

The charges against him include rape and sexual assault

“He was arrested by members of the family violence, child protection and sexual violence unit based largely in Gauteng but with a countrywide footprint,” the SAPS said in a statement.

“His identity cannot be disclosed in order to protect the identities of his victims as some of whom are much close to him.”

The 43-year-old man’s alleged criminal activities were picked up by the law-enforcement authorities of Australia and Canada, who informed their South African counterparts. Investigations led them to an address in the Free State.

“The suspect was arrested at his workplace in Kew, Johannesburg,” the SAPS revealed.

“His office, home and a storage facility were searched and several items such as cellphones, laptops, tablets, sex toys, pornographic DVDs, magazines, as well as several [pairs of] girls’ panties were confiscated.”

The man is currently in custody and is expected to appear in the Bloemfontein High Court on Wednesday.

Police said they are still investigating the case as they hope to discover more of the suspect’s victims.