Alleged Durban child porn suspect nabbed

By Drum Digital
09 December 2015

A team of specialised police investigators looking into online sexual exploitation of minors in South Africa has arrested a Durban man for allegedly being in possession of and distributing pornographic images of children.

By Ayanda Sitole

A team of specialised police investigators looking into online sexual exploitation of minors in South Africa has arrested a Durban man for allegedly being in possession of and distributing pornographic images of children.

Yesterday, members of the South African Police Service’s Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offence Unit based in Gauteng but operating nationally, arrested a 29-year old-suspect in Berea.

The suspect’s alleged sexual tendencies first came to light when the police received a tip-off from their American counterparts. The US alleged that a male suspect from somewhere in South Africa was one of three males communicating with and soliciting sexually explicit images from a 13-year-old girl in Virginia, America.

The alleged exchange between the suspect and the minor was being done through a mobile application called Kik.

When SAPS visited and searched the alleged suspect’s residence in a block of flats, they found and sized six hard drives, six cellphones, a USB, 22 DVDs and CDs and a 3G card.

The suspect has already appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court and is currently out on bail. His case has been postponed to 4 February 2016.

Through a close working relationship with their overseas counterparts, and as part of the ongoing investigation called Operation Cloud 9, SAPS has been arresting individuals across SA for alleged possession and distribution of child pornography.

Last week, Derrick Hunter (39) from Midrand pleaded guilty to possession and distribution of child pornography in the Alexandra Magistrate’s Court and is awaiting sentencing. Hunter was arrested in March.

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