Plettenberg Bay paedophile sentenced to 15 years in jail

The State has welcomed the sentence and has described Beale as a 'paedophile with a disorder that can’t be treated'.

Picture: SAPS.

CAPE TOWN - A Plettenberg Bay computer engineer has been sentenced to 15 years in jail after he was convicted on more than 18,600 charges related to the possession of child porn.

William Beale was sentenced in the Thembalethu Regional Court in George on Tuesday.

He was arrested in January 2015, as part of a crackdown on an international child porn syndicate by Belgian and South African police.

Beale was the first South African to be arrested as part of an international investigation called “Operation Cloud 9”.

The operation cracked down on a global child porn syndicate that was linked to a cyber meeting space for paedophiles.

Authorities also discovered the internet addresses of more than 300 other alleged paedophiles.

The State has welcomed the sentence and has described Beale as a “paedophile with a disorder that can’t be treated”.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)