- Gerhard Ackerman, who’s accused of operating a baby intercourse ring has pleaded not responsible to 740 fees.
- These fees embrace possession of kid pornography, rape, human trafficking, sexual grooming of a kid and sexual assault.
- In response to the indictment, his alleged crime spree spans greater than a decade.
From exposing himself to kids in public bogs, creating little one pornography, and raping a minor, to operating a baby intercourse ring in Johannesburg, the crimes Gerhard “Gerrie” Ackerman has been accused of span greater than a decade.
Ackerman, 52, appeared within the Gauteng Excessive Courtroom in Johannesburg on Tuesday the place he completed pleading to the 740 fees in opposition to him.
News24 reported on Monday that the costs had been so voluminous that Ackerman was unable to plead to all of them in a single day.
Standing within the dock, Ackerman quietly pleaded not responsible to all fees, which included:
- 639 counts of illegal possession of kid pornography.
- Two counts of illegal creation of kid pornography.
- Two counts of illegal importing or procuring of kid pornography.
- One depend of illegal distribution of kid pornography.
- One depend of illegal transactions facilitating the distribution of kid pornography.
- 5 counts of human trafficking.
- Three counts of benefitting from the providers of a kid sufferer of trafficking.
- Two counts of permitting a premises for use to facilitate trafficking in individuals.
- One depend of distributing data that facilitates or promotes trafficking in individuals.
- 4 counts of conduct that facilitates trafficking.
- Seven counts of rape.
- Seven counts of sexual assault.
- One depend of compelled rape.
- One depend of compelled sexual assault.
- Eleven counts of sexual exploitation of kids.
- Three counts of furthering the sexual exploitation of a kid.
- Three counts of benefitting from the sexual exploitation of a kid.
- Eighteen counts of the sexual grooming of kids.
- 5 counts of publicity or show of genital organs to kids.
- 5 counts of utilizing kids for or benefitting from little one pornography.
- One depend of malicious harm to property.
- Three counts of tried homicide.
After he completed pleading, Ackerman’s legal-aid legal professional Herman Alberts stated that his consumer wouldn’t be giving a plea rationalization.
Earlier than the trial began on Tuesday, Ackerman expressed his unhappiness to News24 concerning the publication of his identify and movie. Ackerman felt that the case ought to solely be reported on if he was discovered responsible.
The fees he’s dealing with largely relate to a baby intercourse ring he allegedly ran with the involvement of senior advocate and performing decide Paul Kennedy – who died by suicide earlier than the trial began – between 2019 and 2021. Nonetheless, Ackerman’s alleged crime spree, as detailed within the indictment, began in 2007.
In response to the indictment, in December 2007, at or close to the ATKV Hartenbos tenting website within the Western Cape, Ackerman allegedly uncovered himself to a nine-year-old boy and his seven-year-old brother. Two years later, he allegedly uncovered himself to the brothers once more.
In July 2018, Ackerman then allegedly uncovered himself to an 11-year-old boy and masturbated whereas recording the incident at a swimming faculty in Sunninghill.
After being confronted by workers on the swimming faculty, Ackerman allegedly fled in a automobile, damaging the increase gate on the entrance.
Whereas not linked to this trial, throughout this similar interval, Ackerman additionally allegedly compelled an 11-year-old boy to the touch his genitals in a public toilet at an upmarket nation membership in Johannesburg.
The kid had gone to the nation membership to play a hockey match.
Ackerman is at the moment additionally on trial within the Alexandra Justice of the Peace’s Courtroom the place he has been charged with 4 counts of sexual assault.
Whereas the costs across the swimming pool incident had been withdrawn on the time, Ackerman was on bail within the sexual assault case when he allegedly began committing crimes regarding the intercourse ring.
Record of ‘shoppers’
The indictment paints an image of a kid intercourse ring, the place Ackerman would allegedly discover younger boys, site visitors them, sexually groom them, after which promote them for sexual providers to an inventory of “shoppers”.
In response to the indictment, he discovered the boys on Fb and different social media platforms.
Ackerman would allegedly request pornographic pictures and movies from the youngsters and typically paid them for the content material. These would reportedly be distributed to his shoppers, together with Kennedy.
Ackerman additionally allegedly trafficked the youngsters, guaranteeing they had been delivered to Johannesburg the place he’s accused of grooming them to carry out sexual acts and massages on his shoppers.
In a single occasion, he allegedly paid for an Uber experience for one of many kids and Kennedy is alleged to have paid for a bus ticket for one more alleged sufferer.
The indictment reads:
The accused organized and made appointments for his shoppers and the youngsters must carry out lewd sexual acts upon fee on these male shoppers at his residence and/or on the residence of the consumer.
“The accused, the late accused 2, Paul Kennedy, and/or different shoppers would themselves have interaction in lewd sexual acts with the youngsters.”
Ackerman can also be accused of taking a share, and typically all the cash, from the shoppers who paid for the sexual providers of the kid victims.
When Ackerman was arrested in July 2021, he was allegedly present in possession of a whole bunch of movies and pictures of kid pornography.
The indictment states that 253 movies had been discovered on a cellphone in his possession, whereas an additional 386 pictures and movies had been discovered on a laptop computer in his possession.
The pictures are stated to include unknown kids, who seem like beneath the age of 18, posing bare or semi-naked and engaged in sexual acts.
Kennedy was additionally allegedly present in possession of kid pornography.
Ackerman has additionally been accused of making and distributing little one pornography.
Kennedy was arrested and charged alongside Ackerman for the crimes allegedly dedicated between 2019 and 2021.
Within the first indictment, Kennedy was charged with rape, sexual assault, human trafficking and compelled rape after he allegedly compelled one of many youngsters to have intercourse with an unknown individual whereas he watched.
News24 reported that in February final 12 months, only a week earlier than having to look within the Excessive Courtroom, Kennedy died by suicide in his Johannesburg residence.
Per week earlier, the court docket had ordered that each accused bear testing for HIV after one of many alleged victims examined optimistic for the virus.
Following his loss of life, the costs had been dropped in opposition to Kennedy and the indictment was amended.
Nonetheless, in accordance with the indictment put to Ackerman on Monday, he should reply for Kennedy’s alleged crimes.
Individuals who knew advocate Paul Kennedy are struggling to reconcile the person they knew with the crimes he was accused of.
Advocate Paul Kennedy, accused of kid intercourse trafficking and rape, died by suicide.
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That is due to the doctrine of widespread objective, whereby two accused may be held accountable for one another’s acts that fall inside their widespread objective whereas committing the crimes.
The State has charged Ackerman with the crimes allegedly dedicated by Kennedy as a result of he unlawfully and deliberately assisted and/or inspired Kennedy to commit the crimes by arranging a gathering and presenting the youngsters to Kennedy.
The trial in opposition to Ackerman was anticipated to proceed on Wednesday.