R40 000 bail for Grahamstown child porn suspect

MARCH 13, 2015

A Grahamstown guesthouse owner, who is facing extradition to the United States which accuses him of being a kingpin in an international child porn ring, was granted R40 000 bail after appearing in the Grahamstown High Court on Thursday.

The man, who reportedly owns guesthouses in Grahamstown and Port Alfred, was arrested on Wednesday as part of an international investigation involving the US’ FBI into a child porn ring that allegedly had its roots in South Africa.

This follows the arrest of seven people in the United States for the possession, manufacture and distribution of child pornography.

As many as 600 American children, aged between eight and 13, had allegedly been tricked into engaging in sexually explicit activity on web cameras through the South African-based website.

The man would seek out his victims on social media while pretending to be a girl.

While he will appear in court again on the 28th of April, the FBI is seeking that he be extradited to the United Sates where the investigation actually started.

In the investigations, the FBI identified that the creator of this website to be in South Africa, which led to a specific IP address in Grahamstown.  

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