Johannesburg – The 41-year-old man, who can’t be named because one of the victims is his own child, was sentenced on Tuesday, after he had earlier pleaded guilty.
The man was sentenced to six years for unlawful possession of child pornography, eight years for importing child pornography, eight years for unlawful distribution of child pornography. 12 years for using a child in pornography, 12 years for benefiting from child pornography and another 12 years for furthering the sexual exploitation of a child.
Acting Judge Daniel Mogomotsi, sitting in the High Court in Palm Ridge, ordered the man to serve an effective eight years in jail.
The man participated in these crimes from 2015 until he was arrested in 2018. He was arrested following a joint operation led by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and SAPS investigators.
His activities were first flagged by the US Department of Homeland Security officials who noticed his wrongdoing on the internet, after an official flagged an advertisement he had placed on a porn site.
He carried out his operation from 2015 until 2018 when he was arrested.
In videos found by the authorities, the man had recorded several minors including his own child. He also recorded his wife. Between 2015 and July 2018, he had created, contributed to, produced and advertised pornographic material involving girls and boys, as well as adult females, including his wife.