South Africa: Control Prosecutor of Atlantis Magistrates Court Found Guilty On 157 Charges of Child Pornography and One of Sexual Assault in Parow Regional Court

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The Western Cape police management is pleased with the outcome of a guilty sentence yesterday, 18 November 2019, of a control prosecutor of Atlantis Magistrates Court on charges of child pornography and sexual assault at the Parow Regional Court.

During October 2016 the Provincial Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) was informed about an alleged person of interest at Atlantis Magistrate court who is in possession of child pornography. Investigation was launched under the leadership of Brigadier Sonja Harri - Provincial Head of the Family Violence Child protection and Sexual Offences Unit in the Western Cape.

During the investigation it came to light that it was the control prosecutor at Atlantis Magistrate court who was identified as the person of interest. Application was made for the necessary search warrants and subsequently the office at Atlantis Magistrate court together with his residence in Malmesbury were searched and exhibits were seized by the Provincial Cyber Crime Unit. The suspect, Dawid Lotz (44) was arrested and appeared on 2016-12-31 at Parow Regional Court on charges of possession of child pornography and sexual assault.

On 18 November 2019, Lotz was convicted on 157 charges of child pornography and one charge of sexual assault. After entering into a plea agreement with the state, he was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment of which three years is suspended for five years. A further order is made that his name is recorded in the sexual offences register and that he is found unfit to work with children and also unfit to possess a firearm.

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