Alleged paedophile acquitted on some charges

2018-03-08 06:00

FORMER Hibiscus Coast Protection Services senior superintendent Dave Middleton appeared in the Port Shepstone Regional Court last Tuesday and was reportedly acquitted on some of his charges.

Middleton was acquitted of 19 of the 34 charges against him and found guilty of eight, while seven of his charges were discharged due to being a duplication of other charges.

He was acquitted for charges one, two and three for rape, charge six of sexual assault, charge nine and 10 of sexual grooming of a child, charges 16 and 17 of exposure or display of child pornography to a child, charges 18 of using a child for benefitting from child pornography, charges 21, 22 and 23 of possession of child pornography, charge 30 of creating child pornography, charge 32 of distribution of child pornography, and charges 33 and 34 of defeating or obstructing the administration of justice.

Middleton, who also owned and managed a children’s karate gym, was arrested in 2013 after an employee found pictures of naked and semi-naked bodies of young girl.

One of the photos showed an obviously young hand holding a man’s penis.

He spent 18 months in prison before being granted R30 000 bail at his fifth bail application in 2015, on condition that he lives outside of the Port Shepstone and Umzinto districts and only returns for court appearances.

Sentencing for his trial will be held in April.

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