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'SA's biggest child porn ring' cracked

Those arrested include a principal, two teachers, a lawyer, a dermatologist and a businessman.

Police have cracked what is believed to be SA's biggest child porn ring. Picture: stock.xchng

JOHANNESBURG - Police have confirmed they have cracked what is believed to be South Africa's biggest child pornography ring with links to various European countries.

Six men have been arrested in five provinces in connection with the allegations.

Police have confirmed those arrested include a principal who is also an award winning author, two teachers, a lawyer, a dermatologist and a businessman.

National police spokesperson Solomon Makgale said five of the men have already appeared in court on various charges relating to the possession of child pornography.

He said authorities also suspect the men were importing pornography from various countries.

"We've presented dockets to the prosecuting authorities and they will decide on the charges."

Electronic equipment including 600 DVDS, memory sticks, laptops, tablets, external hard drives and 25 books believed to contain images of child pornography have been confiscated.

ADV BARBIE WALKS

Convicted child pornographer Cezanne Visser was released from prison on Monday after serving half of her seven-year jail term.

Widely known as Advocate Barbie, Visser was sentenced in 2010 for sex crimes, including indecent assault against women and children, manufacturing child pornography and defrauding a children's home.

Visser was arrested along with her lover and fellow attorney Dirk Prinsloo, who fled overseas and was later arrested for an attempted robbery in Belarus, where he is now in jail.

This was her third application for parole after two previous attempts failed.

The decision has been slammed by child advocacy groups.

ADRIAN WILSON-FORBES WALKS

Another convicted child pornographer Adrian Wilson-Forbes, who faced 79 criminal charges, including counts related to the manufacturing of child pornography, was acquitted earlier this year after the main witness in the case was found to be unreliable.

Due to discrepancies, prosecutors could not prove that the victims were under the age of 16.

Therefore, the state could not prove beyond reasonable doubt that the 60-year-old was guilty.

Upon his acquittal, Wilson-Forbes said, "I'm relieved. It's been very punishing and gruelling. I've got to try and look at rebuilding my life."