Ex-PMB porn teacher nabbed

2014-08-22 00:00

A DISCRETE police investigation into an alleged drug dealing syndicate at a Durban school led to the arrest of a drama teacher on child pornography charges.

The arrest of a pupil off the school’s property and the seizure of drugs and cash in that probe set off a chain of events that culminated in the arrest of the prominent Durban teacher, police sources told The Witness yesterday.

The teacher was previously employed at Maritzburg College; has taught at schools across the province and aided in several productions put on by high schools.

The school said yesterday it was unaware of the police drug probe and College declined to comment.

The teacher was arrested on Tuesday and a Durban court was told yesterday how evidence of home-made child pornography was discovered on a laptop during a search of his home.

Now the search is on for boys who were photographed engaging in sexual acts with the educator.

The 48-year-old teacher appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of sexual grooming and the production and possession of child pornography.

As the dishevelled teacher — who cannot be named until he has entered a plea on the charges — stood in the dock, State Prosecutor Nauchaad Harripersadh said detectives were tracing boys shown in the pictures.

He said police found pictures showing the teacher engaging in sexual acts with boys had been found on a laptop they had seized.

Magistrate Venitha Armu remanded the case so the teacher could retain a lawyer to represent him ahead of his next appearance on Monday.

The court, however, heard the teacher has a previous conviction for indecent assault, classified as a criminal sexual act other than rape.

Officers are now trying to trace the teacher’s alleged victims and it is understood they have already made several visits to prominent Durban schools.

Police will now compare a raft of pornographic images checked into evidence against class rosters of pupils the teacher instructed.

Police sources said the discovery of evidence of an illicit conversation had lifted the lid on what appeared to be extensive child abuse.

They said the search for boys depicted in compromising sex acts with the teacher had begun in earnest and several of them had already been tracked down.

His previous conviction relates to the indecent assault of a boy at another Durban school in the early 1990s.

The abuse only emerged years later and the teacher was arrested, charged and found guilty, The Witness understands.

He was sentenced to 18-months correctional supervision and a five-year prison term, which was suspended for five years.

• Do you know more? Contact Jeff Wicks on 082 073 8565

• jeff.wicks@witness.co.za

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