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Child porn: Girls got Christian books

2012-10-29 21:04

Cape Town - A Cape Town man accused of taking pornographic pictures of two young girls later bought Christian books for them, the Parow Regional Court heard on Monday.

Johannes Kleinhans, 74, of Parow, who formerly held directorships in several companies, is facing 94 charges.

These include indecent and sexual assault on three young girls, possession of child pornography and taking pornographic photographs of the girls.

He initially pleaded guilty to all the charges, but his plea was changed to not guilty when his testimony in mitigation of sentence amounted to a denial of guilt.

At Monday's proceedings, he was taken under cross-examination by prosecutor Herculine Swart, who asked how he had "gotten into" child pornography. He said he became interested in pornography during one of his many overseas business trips, but never developed an interest in child pornography.

Questioning him about the photographs that he took of the girls, Swart said it was not normal for a man of Kleinhans' age to take pictures of naked young girls.

'Disgusting'

Kleinhans replied: "No, you are right, they are disgusting."

He said he felt so disgusted after taking the photographs that on an overseas trip he bought two Christian books for the girls.

He said he had intended to wipe the images off his computer, but they had ended up in a drawer instead.

Swart suggested: "You didn't wipe them off because you didn't want to."

He had "groomed" the girls, starting with food, then clothing, then progressing to money, Swart said.

Kleinhans said the first time he took inappropriate photographs of one of the girls was when she complained about an infection on her genitals and wanted him to take a photograph of this.

Swart reminded him: "You are a father yourself, Mr Kleinhans..."

Kleinhans replied: "I am very sorry about what I did. I have no name or reputation anymore, the media has seen to that. My family is ashamed of me."

Swart said she knew exactly how difficult it had been for the young girls, as she had spent two years trying to persuade them to testify.

Blame

Swart added: "And then you want to blame them for everything."

Kleinhans said he had undertaken to finance the after-school studies of one of the girls, "if she saw chance to embark on any studies".

Swart: "No, if she did what you wanted her to do."

Swart reminded him of a video that had been shown to the court. In it Kleinhans begs one of the girls to remove her top. She refuses persistently.

Swart reminded him of the trauma the girls experienced in having to testify in court.

Kleinhans responded: "I can believe that."

Swart replied: "But then you blamed them."

Closing argument is to be presented on Tuesday.

Comments
  • Dumblabrat - 2012-10-29 21:12

    What a low-life bottom-feeding piece of scum.

      jonathon.shuttleworth.5 - 2012-10-30 07:26

      Sis!!! Yeah he needs jail bigtime

      clint.thorpe - 2012-11-19 11:15

      Horrible article from News24...so poorly written

  • PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-10-29 21:28

    Sick bastard. Can't wait for him to go to jail. Let him feel what it feels like to be abused. Over and over and over again.

  • keith.sweat.351 - 2012-10-29 21:35

    He must have bought the books from 'CUM' Christian Family Bookstore, that's religion for you!

      lawrence.meyer.14 - 2012-10-29 22:39

      Haha, bud, I find the humor in your statement. Pity that people like this use people's faith and Christianity to lure them, as has been for decades to declare wars for some greedy bastard to gain power/land or whatever. They are very smart and manipulative people like this that give God a bad name by sinning like they do.

  • SharonE - 2012-10-29 21:36

    Thank you News24 for posting a picture with the story so we can all see what this person looks like, so we can all spit in his face. Where is the picture of the Eastern Cape fellow who raped his own mother?? I would like to spit in his face as well...

  • coenraad.vanderwesthuizen.3 - 2012-10-29 21:54

    He has a pretty mouth...

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-10-29 22:28

    No comment you one SICK bastard.. People like you are plain oxygen thieves.. Go ROT in a BAD place

  • sheckspear.sbanda - 2012-10-29 22:49

    This men ned lyph jail

  • vincent.vinsaint - 2012-10-30 01:50

    He said he had intended to wipe the images off his computer, but they had ended up in a drawer instead...kwakwakwa...sick old man!

  • jasongavin.leroux - 2012-10-30 08:23

    one rapist one magazine clip...

  • nom.deplume.969 - 2012-10-30 10:30

    its really interesting how, in order to spike the intolerance and hatred of Christianity, that the media will create a story line to lure people...I mean, there are so many different story lines one could use here, like "Ex director in court for child porn", or "father shames family with child porn" or "Man denies child porn accusations"...but no...lets use some obscure line to defame Christianity...that's "integrity" for you...

  • heidi.vermeulenbennett - 2012-11-29 09:47

    Thuis man does not deserve LIFE, but DEATH!!

  • jco.vanrooyen - 2012-11-29 10:36

    What this man did is evil, believe me, he is not a christian. Sad to say, I do not think he will change. Question: How many of you, who are commenting here can say they have never watched any porn?

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