Alleged paedophile back in the dock

The 37-year-old computer engineer was apprehended in January during an international sting operation.

FILE: A Plettenberg Bay man who is being investigated for a possible link to an international baby porn ring is back in the dock today. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - A Plettenberg Bay man who is being investigated for possible links to an international baby porn ring is back in the dock today.

The 37-year-old computer engineer was apprehended in January during an international sting operation between Belgian and South African police.

He was apprehended after he allegedly confessed to police he possessed and distributed thousands of images and videos of babies being sexually assaulted.

The arrest came after South African Police Service (Saps) joined forces with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Belgian authorities in a child pornography crackdown.

Belgian police found the man's internet address after coming across an online meeting space for paedophiles.

Belgian authorities then alerted their South African counterparts.

The accused, who was arrested with two others, was released on R10,000 bail at his last court appearance.

OTHER ARRESTS FROM THE CRACKDOWN:

  • A 33-year-old man and 22-year-old woman were arrested in their Port Elizabeth home for being in possession of and distributing child pornography.

  • A man from Grahamstown was also arrested recently. His case involved some 600 children from America. It's believed the man is one of the leaders of an international child porn syndicate and the FBI are working on having him extradited to face charges in the US.

LISTEN: A Belgian officer speaks to 567 Cape Talk's John Maytham.