Convicted paedophile who tutored children in dock for rape

2016-07-27 19:13
Children's court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Children's court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - A convicted paedophile who offered private tutoring for children, appeared in the Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate's Court on Wednesday on a charge of rape.

He allegedly raped the victim between 2010 and 2016. The boy was 12 when the accused allegedly first assaulted him.

According to the State, the man was “very dangerous”. The State opposed bail, as the man had been charged with a Schedule 6 offence under the Criminal Procedure Act. This meant the onus was on him to prove special circumstances existed to justify his release.

The matter was postponed to August 4 for further investigation.

The accused was reportedly convicted of sexually abusing boys on the Cape Flats in the 1990s and also after being granted parole. He was released from jail in 2010 and was living in Mitchell’s Plain at the time of his arrest.

National sex offenders’ register

According to one of his advertisements on Gumtree, the man claimed to be a “very experienced tutor who is available every day to help your child/children with their problem subjects”.

Western Cape social development MEC Albert Fritz said his department had asked that the justice department and the courts place the accused’s name on the national sex offenders’ register.

The National Register for Sex Offenders was established in 2007 and contained the names of those convicted of sexual offences against children and the mentally disabled.

“The process would require a new application to be brought to court against the convicted paedophile, as he was prosecuted and found guilty in accordance with the previous Children’s Act. The criminal nature of his sexual offence qualifies him to be placed on the register,” Fritz said.

“Social workers based within the Child Protection Programme have approached the courts and are busy engaging our criminal justice partners on the matter.”

The department was offering counselling to any children and parents who may have been exposed to the man, Fritz said.

“Regardless of whether he tried anything, children and parents now finding out about the nature of his criminal sexual offences may be traumatised by virtue of what could have happened.”

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