Three suspects arrested for being child online sexual predators

Three suspects arrested for being child online sexual predators

Three more suspects have been arrested for child pornography.

This brings total the number of Child Online Sexual Predators that have been arrested since November to seven.

A man who posed as a teenager to lure underage girls to a chat group where child pornography was distributed and shared is among three Child Online Sexual predators who have been arrested in a joint operation by the SAPS Serial and Electronic Crime Investigations (SECI) unit and the USA Department of Homelands Security in the past week.

These arrests form part of an international operation to trace manufacturers, users, and distributors of child pornography. The three suspects were arrested in Worcester, Kraaifontein and Mitchell’s Plain.

A 53-year-old man from Worcester was the first to be arrested on Wednesday, 17 January 2024. He has so far been found with 95,000 images and 6000 videos of child pornography. He faces a charge of accessing, distributing, and possession of child pornography.

The second suspect, a 40-year-old man was arrested in Kraaifontein on Thursday, 18 January 2024. In his possession, he was found with more than 149,000 pictures of child pornography as well as more than 5000 videos. He was found in possession of two unlicensed firearms and various calibre of ammunition, as well as 9 snakes of which three did not have a permit. He is facing charges of possession of illegal firearms and ammunition, possession, distribution, and accessing of child pornography.

A 32-year-old man from Mitchell’s Plan was the third suspect to be arrested on Friday, 19th January 2024. He was found to be chatting and luring underage girls into chat groups where nude pictures were exchanged.

All suspects appeared before various courts such as Worcester, Kraaifontein, and Mitchells Plain Magistrate’s Court where their cases were postponed for further investigation.

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