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More SA child porn rings cracked

Investigations into rings are currently underway in Fish Hoek, Parow and Plettenberg Bay.

Gavel. Picture: Saps

CAPE TOWN - The lawyer of a Fish Hoek resident who's been implicated in an international child porn syndicate says he has received threatening messages for representing the man.

The 45-year-old finance broker appeared in the Simon's Town Magistrate Court yesterday on charges of the possession and distribution of child porn.

He will be back in the dock in late February.

He's currently out on bail.

The accused's lawyer William Booth, says he's been threatened before for taking on a similar case.

"It's completely unnecessary, but the public must wait for the court proceedings to see what happens. Everybody is entitled to a fair trial and everyone is presumed to be innocent. Lawyers are there to do a very specific job. Everybody is entitled to have a lawyer."

PLETTENBERG BAY

A Plettenberg Bay computer engineer, who was also taken into custody in connection with the child porn ring, was a no show for his court appearance in the Knysna Regional Court yesterday.

Rights organisation Women and Men Against Child Abuse were at court and are calling on authorities to act firmly.

The organisation's Joanne Barret, "We feel a firm stand should have been made. Plea and sentencing negotiations are in early stages of discussion and will take place on 2 December at the Knyana Regional Court."

PAROW

At the same time, Eyewitness News has learnt a Parow man has been arrested for possession of child pornography.

The police's Heila Niemand said the 34-year-old security guard from Parow was detained yesterday during a raid at his home.

She said they found more than 200 pictures and about 70 videos of children being sexually assaulted.

The man will appear in the Bellville Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Niemand said the suspect's arrest forms part of a broader investigation into child porn syndicates.

This is a separate probe from the so-called Cloud Nine operation, which has seen numerous arrests across the country and abroad of people implicated in the possession and distribution of child pornography.

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