Crackdown on child porn: Principal back in court

The former principal who was charged with possession of child porn, will be back in court today.

FILE: International investigations into child pornography have been conducted by among others, Saps, FBI and Interpol. Picture: iStock.

JOHANNESBURG - The former principal of a Mpumalanga school who's been charged with possession of child pornography in 2013 will return to the Nelspruit Regional Court today.

He was arrested in July 2013 on charges of possession of child pornography and is currently out on bail of a R1,000.

The accused, a former principal at a private school in White River is one of seven suspects who was in connection with an international porn ring.

International investigations have been conducted by among others, the South African Police Service (Saps), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Interpol.

The suspects from various countries were linked by means of an IP address.

The case has since been transferred to the police family violence, child protection and sexual offences unit.

This was motivated by the sexual nature of the alleged crimes and the fact that the accused's alleged crimes are linked with cases in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, Western Europe and Australasia.

COUNTRIES JOIN FORCES IN CHILD PORN CRACKDOWN

Last week, Saps announced that it had joined forces with the FBI, Interpol and Belgian authorities in a child pornography crackdown.

The latest breakthrough has seen the arrest of a Port Elizabeth couple allegedly found in possession of child porn.

The 33-year-old man and 22-year-old woman were arrested in their Port Elizabeth couple were nabbed and hard drives, cameras and USBs with child porn were recovered.

They've since been released on bail but will be back in court next month.

A man from Plettenberg Bay was apprehended last month after Belgian police traced pornography they found back to him.

The police's Solomon Mogale said in a similar case, a man from Grahamstown was also arrested recently.

"This is a serious one. It involves some 600 children in America. We are working very closely with the FBI on it."

There is a strong possibility that the FBI will apply for an extradition order in this case.