Parents accused of child porn on own daughter, granted bail

NELSPRUIT – The Barberton couple  who are accused of child pornography with their own seven year-old daughter have been granted bail.  The couple appeared in the Nelspruit District court this morning on charges of possession, grooming for sexual purposes and manufacturing and distribution of child pornography.

The couple were granted bail of R2000 each.

Ivestigating officer  W.O  Adriaan Odendaal testified that he was not against the bail application for the accused as they both had fixed addresses and the child was in protective custody of the grandmother.

Magistrate Ms Christa du Plessis granted bail on condition that they had no contact with the child and that the investigating officer checked with a social worker that these conditions were been applied.  

The police spokesman Col Leonard Hlathi had also confirmed that the case has been handed over to the Gauteng Family Violence Child Protection Sexual Offences Unit.

This is the same unit currently investigating the principal who was the first in the country to be arrested after Interpol alerted police in a worldwide investigation into a child- pornography ring that originated in Canada.

In Tuesday’s Lowvelder, it was reported that the couple were caught with an alleged explicit pornographic video of their seven-year-old daughter on a cellphone.

This newspaper interviewed a source close to the case who made startling revelations which will be investigated by Lowvelder. Claims are being made that various high- profile people are involved.

The child is still being kept at a safe home.  Child Welfare SA White River operations manager Mr Johan Bosch who attended the bail application, said as CWSA White River, they had  been following this case since the arrest was made.

”  We are horrified by the bail granted in this case taking into consideration the seriousness of the offense and due to the fact that their own child is the victim in this case.  Although the bail conditions state that the accused may not have any contact with their child, we are not convinced that the best interest of the child has been served.”

 Case was postponed until January 13 for further investigation.

  AUTHOR
Tereasa Ferrari

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