Free State teacher appears for child porn

2013-11-08 21:05

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Johannesburg - A former Free State teacher accused of being part of a child porn syndicate appeared briefly in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court on Friday, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said.

The man, out on R2 000 bail, would be back in court on 13 December after the case was postponed for further investigation, Free State NPA spokesperson Phaladi Shuping said.

"It was a brief court appearance," he said.

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

The men were allegedly found in possession of child pornography.

They were arrested in Lichtenburg, Potchefstroom, Bloemfontein, White River, and Douglasdale and Florida in Gauteng.

The other three were a lawyer, a dermatologist, and a businessman.

All were suspected of involvement in an international child pornography syndicate, police said at the time.

Police were investigating whether the group was involved in distribution and manufacturing 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 UK, the US, western Europe and Australasia.

One man's case was struck off the roll in the Randburg Magistrate's Court, in Johannesburg, on Tuesday.

It would return to court once the Director of Public Prosecutions had supplied the State with a certificate confirming whether or not the trial against him should proceed.

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