Child porn accused discussed how to drug, rape children, court told

2016-12-08 14:50
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 – Two of three men facing child pornography charges allegedly discussed how to drug and rape children, the Durban Regional Court heard on Thursday.

This was contained in email correspondence between Jacques Rheeder and accused 1, prosecutor Jerome Gnanapragas told the court during their appearance.

“As such the State intends adding an additional charge of conspiracy to rape for accused 2 [Rheeder]. We are also in the process of tracing potential victims,” he said.

Gavin Faustmann, Jacques Rheeder and a third man who may not be named, identified only as accused one, were arrested in a joint swoop by the US Department of Homeland Security and SAPS last week.

Faustmann and Rheeder had been charged with possession and distribution of child pornography.

Bail granted

Accused one was charged with rape, sexual assault, and grooming of a 6-year-old child to create child pornography. He may not be named to protect the child’s identity.

The girl was apparently his neighbour. After investigators took a statement from the girl, it emerged that she may have been raped.

Rheeder and accused one, represented by a Legal Aid attorney, had their formal bail applications postponed.

Faustmann, who initially spilled the beans on his co-accused, was granted bail of R3 500.

The wheel-alignment technicians had to report to the Pinetown police station twice a week and were prohibited from international travel.  

According to information placed before the court, the sordid web was unravelled when homeland security traced Faustmann’s IP address after he 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 1 and Rheeder, who were subsequently arrested.

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