Increase in child pornography on KZN South Coast – prosecutor

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THERE are currently no less than five child pornography cases on the roll at the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court.

This is according to Regional Court Control Prosecutor, Sohana Moodley, who said this is a large number of cases for a small geographical area like the South Coast

We have seen an increase in child pornography cases on the coast. In the last six months we have dealt with five cases,  and a sixth  has since been finalised, – Regional Court Control Prosecutor, Sohana Moodley

On Monday this week a professional diver (39), who is facing almost 300 counts of possession of child pornography, as well as sexually assaulting one of his two daughters and using both of them for child pornography, appeared briefly in the Port Shepstone Regional Court.

Some 277 explicit images of children, aged between three and 15 years, were allegedly found on his cellphone and computer, plus 25 explicit images of his own children, aged three and five, as well as seven images of him touching one of them inappropriately.

The Margate resident was arrested in June last year by police officers from the serial and electronic crimes investigation unit operating within the Family Violence, Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Unit.

Police in the United Kingdom alerted local police about the South Coast man after they arrested a man in the UK on similar charges. The South Coast man is believed to have been communicating with the UK man via social media and has since been linked to suspects in other parts of the world.

He is expected to appear in court early next month, when there is a possibility he may plead guilty. The man’s wife, along with the children, have since returned to her home in southeast Asia.

In other cases: 

* Former chief traffic officer Dave Middleton, who is facing 31 charges ranging from creation and distribution of child pornography to rape, sexual assault and sexual grooming of a child, appeared in the Port Shepstone Regional Court. After three-and-a-half years, the case is expected to draw to a close later this year.

* In May this year, a Southport man (30) appeared in the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court for being in possession of 152 images of child pornography. These images included children between the ages of two and six years and were said to all be explicit. During his first appearance, the state opposed bail on the basis that he had got wind of his imminent arrest and deleted the photos from his cellphone. However these images were recovered through investigations by the SAPS Crime Intelligence Unit together with members of the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol).

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* An Umtentweni businessman (43) who is facing six charges, ranging from rape and the possession and making of child pornography to grooming a child for pornography, is expected to make another appearance in court this September. He is accused of raping and sexually assaulting his five-year-old stepdaughter. He was charged in 2015

* Further afield, on May 10,  a Pennington man (64) appeared in the Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court,  facing charges of sexual assault. He is accused of inappropriately touching his neighbour’s six-year-old child in August last year.

* Another alleged Pennington paedophile, aged 22 at the time of his arrest on September 8 2015, briefly appeared in the Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court in January 2016. The man’s grandmother, with whom he lived, has said that he liked to pretend to be a girl and dressed up as such. A laptop containing thousands of child abuse images and videos was confiscated from his residence in Pennington as were costumes, dresses, panties and a child blow-up doll. The arrest was part of a larger international investigation into child pornography distributors.

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