FBI may call on SA child porn convict to assist in larger probe

Anthony Evans was sentenced to 10 years behind bars for the possession & distribution of child porn.

FILE: More than 600 children are believed to have been sexually exploited via an online child pornography ring. Picture: Free Images.

CAPE TOWN - The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) may call on a Grahamstown man, convicted on charges of child pornography, to testify against an international syndicate.

Anthony Evans and six others based in the United States were arrested in connection with the online child pornography ring.

The 53-year-old was on Friday sentenced to an effective 10 years imprisonment in a plea and sentencing agreement.

South African investigator Heila Niemand says investigations are not yet complete and authorities have a particular interest in how the child pornography website was started.

More than 600 children are believed to have been sexually exploited via the site.

Niemand says Evans, convicted of the possession, distribution and manufacturing of child pornography, will most likely be called to testify against the six American accused.

The 53-year-old was handed a lesser sentence of 10 years imprisonment in exchange for his cooperation.