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Cops track MXit porn ring

2011-08-21 15:30

Johannesburg - The probe into the former ­policeman and father of two who is accused of possessing and distributing child pornography on MXit is widening as ­investigators track possible collaborators.

The man was arrested earlier this month following an investigation into the alleged network, which used a channel on the mobile social network to ­distribute material.

Prosecutor Charmaine Labuschagne said four cellphones and a laptop had been taken from the ­accused.

He had also given names, online profiles and numbers for contacts, which had been sent to police technical services.

Labuschagne said images the investigators had extracted were “devastating” and they were examining conversations on MXit.

One such conversation ­involved the head of a crèche, and in it a woman ­allegedly ­offered money for pictures of her own children and children in her care.

Jurisdiction

Attorney Jacques Botha, appearing for the accused, said the investigation was “in its infancy” and there were ­issues such as jurisdiction in cases that involved online material that required clarity before bail could be revisited.

“If material is allegedly ­obtained over cellphone it is complicated to determine where jurisdiction is,” Botha said.

When the accused appeared in the Durban Magistrate's Court last week his advocate put it on ­record that the accused had been assaulted by officers while in detention and sustained injuries to his ribs; had his eardrums perforated and his wrists lacerated by handcuffs.

Botha said he had asked for a doctor but found police “not only unhelpful but lethargic in the extreme”.

Labuschagne said the accused was taken to a private ­doctor on Thursday and ­appeared to have an ear ­infection.

MXit spokesperson Sandra Sampayo said they had been in contact with investigators and were working with the ­police on the matter.

The accused was remanded in custody on Thursday ­without bail after the Welkom Sexual Offences Court postponed the case to September 7.

The case was moved from Durban to Welkom, where the 38-year-old accused works for a construction company.

The Film and Publication Board sent observers to the Welkom hearing.

Comments
  • DerpyHooves - 2011-08-21 15:56

    Well at least enough were stupid enough to post the images on a traceable cellphones. Can you imagine if they knew what they were doing? Using Tor, hiding behind 7 proxies, staying in the deep web, encrypting the data... But no, they had to use mXIt. They deserve whatever is coming their way.

      Komasa - 2011-08-21 17:06

      @DerpyHooves not quite sure where you are coming from, but they only reason they deserve it is because they are disgusting pedeophiles, not there lack of IT skills. It is about time these people get treated as criminals and not someone with a mental illness.

      Mzungu - 2011-08-21 17:47

      Derpy hooves, are you talking out of experience?

      DerpyHooves - 2011-08-21 18:12

      By saying "They deserve whatever is coming their way", I meant to say that they should be castrated, boiled, drawn, quartered and hanged. But don't forget that technology that shares information anonymously can be used for great good (wikileaks) or great evil (CP).

  • Daniel Viviers - 2011-08-21 16:23

    Great work!

  • Ang - 2011-08-21 16:56

    Now that you have him, make sure that everybody that paid for and received the images are also arrested and expose the lot of them publicly, make sure they never know another peaceful day again, sick F*(%*&!!!!

  • Craigr - 2011-08-21 17:45

    ...and the cops demand my respect. Yea right. Far to many criminal activitys where cop's are involved for me to trust them.

      BigPig69 - 2011-08-22 06:21

      Hey dumbass he's an "EX" cop, working for a construction company. Hell all white males over 38 is ex defence force, but don't get referred to as that. NEWS 24 is headlining the cop bit to sensationalize this. Just let him stay in general populationand and spread the word, the other prisoners will sort him out.

  • Mzungu - 2011-08-21 17:48

    I wont lie, but if I were the police officers I would not just injusre his ribs, I'd kill him

  • mabsie - 2011-08-21 20:46

    This is one case where I welcome the SAP working him over. May he and his wider circle rot in hell.

      Mfudzi - 2012-03-06 13:55

      so in which case do you not welcome SAPS investigations? i hope its not in cases where you might end up on the wrong side of the law!isn't it mabsie?

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