The alleged Pennington paedophile, aged 22 at the time of his arrest on September 8 last year, briefly appeared in the Scottburgh Magistrates’ Court near Freeland Park in KwaZulu-Natal yesterday.
The man faces a charge of distribution of film with sexual content — the sexual content being child pornography. He is currently out on bail and the case was postponed to Wednesday, February 3, South Coast Herald reported.
On September 8 last year, Miranda Friedmann, director of Women and Men Against Child Abuse, said: “The young, unemployed man admitted to the possession and distribution of (baby 0-5 years) child abuse images.”
National police spokesperson Lieutenant-General Solomon Makgale said the accused admitted that “viewing the images, as well as his fetish for dressing up like a girl, had become an addiction”.
The man’s grandmother, with whom he lived, has said that he liked to pretend to be a girl and dressed up as such.
A laptop containing thousands of child abuse images and videos was confiscated from his residence in Pennington as were costumes, dresses, panties and a child blow-up doll.
The arrest is part of a larger international investigation into child pornography distributors.
In December last year a 34-year old security officer from the Western Cape was arrested on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography after an investigation by the South African police in co-operation with United States authorities.
A joint operation between the provincial investigation unit of the South African Police Service’s Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) from Gauteng and the United States’ Homeland Security was carried out at the security officer’s home in Parow, police said at the time.
A number of items were confiscated from his home, including a tablet, video player, two USBs, three cell phones, hundreds of compact discs and a hard drive.
A month earlier, a 39-year-old car salesman was arrested at his workplace on the East Rand after police established that he had child pornography stored on his laptop.
National police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said it was alleged the man had taken as many as 50 pictures of his girlfriend’s four-year-old daughter in naked poses before advertising them online. The child’s mother was oblivious of her boyfriend’s alleged actions.
– Caxton News Service