Teacher in court over child porn ring

2013-10-28 12:41

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Bloemfontein - A former Free State teacher accused of being part of a child porn syndicate appeared briefly in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

The man, who is out on R2 000 bail, will be back in court on 8 November.

In August, five other men, including another teacher and a retired school principal, appeared in various South African courts in connection with the same matter.

The six men were arrested in four provinces on 15 August after a tip-off from Interpol.

Child porn syndicate

The men were allegedly found in possession of child pornography. They were arrested in Lichtenburg, Potchefstroom, Bloemfontein, White River, Douglasdale, and Florida.

A lawyer, a dermatologist, and a businessman are among the six. All are suspected of involvement in an international child pornography syndicate, police said at the time.

Police were investigating whether the six were involved in the distribution and manufacturing of child pornography.

Investigators raided several homes in various provinces in August.

Among the items seized were 672 DVDs, 22 memory sticks, eight laptops, two computer tablets, 39 external hard drives, and 25 books containing explicit photos.

It was reported the case had links to Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, western Europe and Australasia.

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