Radiographer in court for sending naked pics to boy

2015-05-08 09:21

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Johannesburg - A radiographer who apparently sent naked photographs of himself to a 9-year-old boy over WhatsApp appeared in court on child pornography charges on Thursday.

Netwerk24 reported that the 41-year-old man, who is the director of a company that provides radiographic services to a Sandton hospital, was arrested early on Thursday.

He later appeared in the Randburg Magistrate's Court and was released on R10 000 bail.

The magistrate ordered that the man have no direct or indirect contact with the complainant or his parents.

He had to hand in his passport, and must report to the Sandton police station every Sunday.

BBM, WhatsApp chat

Netwerk24 understands that the boy is now 11. He apparently sent a generic request to the accused to be a BBM (Blackberry Messenger) contact, as part of a game played by children to get as many BBM contacts as possible.

The man allegedly posed as a 20-year-old doctor and they started chatting on BBM and WhatsApp between 2013 and 2014, during which time the man laid the groundwork to get the child to send naked pictures of himself. The man also allegedly sent explicit photographs of himself to the child.

The boy apparently forgot his phone at home one day and his stepmother discovered the photographs on his phone and informed police.

The man's name and address were traced through his cellphone number.

The man and child allegedly never met in person.

Court proceedings were postponed until June 24 for further investigation.

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