Grahamstown guesthouse owner faces extradition to US over child porn

MARCH 12, 2015

A Grahamstown guesthouse owner is reportedly awaiting extradition to the United States were he is accused of being the kingpin of an international child porn syndicate.

The 53 year old man was arrested in a joint raid by police and the US’ Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and is to be tried for the possession, manufacturing and distribution of child pornography involving around 600 girls.

This follows a tip off to the police from the Gauteng Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit by Interpol after seven people were arrested in the US.

Unit commander Colonel Heila Niemand confirmed the arrest to The Herald as well as the extradition plans.

“The FBI want him extradited as most of the 600 girls, aged between eight and 13, are from the US,” she said.

It is understood the suspect, allegedly sourced his victims through social media websites while pretending to be a teenage girl.

“Once he found a victim, he would gain their trust getting them to allegedly perform sexual acts which he recorded,” Niemand said.

“He would use these videos to con other girls into doing the same thing, grooming his victims over time.”

He was also the administrator of a website linked to paedophiles in the US, Canada and Europe.