Durban child porn accused abandons bail

2016-12-14 21:25
Durban child porn accused "Accused 1", Jacques Rheeder and Gavin Faustmann appear in the Durban Regional Court. Accused 1 cannot be identified as he has been charged with rape and has yet to plead. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

Durban child porn accused "Accused 1", Jacques Rheeder and Gavin Faustmann appear in the Durban Regional Court. Accused 1 cannot be identified as he has been charged with rape and has yet to plead. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

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Durban - A Durban man charged on a raft of child pornography charges, the rape of a minor, as well as sexual assault abandoned his bid for bail in the Durban Regional Court on Wednesday.

The man, who may not be named until he pleads in the matter, appeared alongside his co-accused Gavin Faustmann and Jacques Rheeder.

The three were arrested two weeks ago during a joint operation between the US Department of Homeland Security and the SAPS.

Accused one, from the Bluff in Durban, has been charged with rape, sexual assault and the sexual grooming of a 6-year-old child.

The child was identified as the neighbour of the accused.

After investigators took a statement from the girl, it emerged that she may have been raped.

Faustmann and Rheeder have been charged with possessing and disseminating child pornography.

According to information before the court, the men were caught when the US department logged Faustmann's IP address after he allegedly accessed a flagged child pornography website.

A warrant of arrest was issued and his electronic equipment was seized.

Faustmann then allegedly revealed the identities of accused one and Rheeder.

Read more on:    durban  |  child abuse  |  pornography  |  crime

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