Child porn: WC arrest leads to worldwide hunt

Police are closing in on more than 30 suspects who are allegedly involved in a child pornography syndicate.

FILE: Thirty-seven-year-old William Beale appeared in court, following his arrest in January, on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography. Picture: SAPS.

CAPE TOWN - Police are closing in on more than 30 suspects who are allegedly involved in a child pornography syndicate.

A special investigation team has already identified and charged 41 men across the country.

One of the accused, 37-year-old William Beale from Plettenberg Bay, appeared in court on Friday following his arrest in January.

He's out on R10, 000 bail.

His arrest, on possession and distribution of child pornography, led investigators to dozens of other suspects across the world.

In South Africa, a total of 75 men, including Beale, have been implicated in the child pornography syndicate. 34 of them are expected to be arrested soon while the others have already been charged.

15 other suspects have been arrested in other countries where the same images found in the Beale's possession have been identified.