Crime

Convicted paedophile arrested – again

In 2019, he was found with 467 images of child pornography on his tablet and cellphone.

A convicted paedophile, who had been jailed on three previous occasions, has been arrested again.

Port Shepstone police arrested Brett Allen Steven (51) in Betania two weeks ago for a case of compelled sexual assault of two boys, aged 11 and 13, who were allegedly manipulated into performing sexual acts.

It is believed that he was arrested after his cellphone was stolen at his home in Betania.

It is alleged that the thieves viewed images or recordings and alerted the public, which led to Steven’s arrest.

Police spokesperson, Colonel Robert Netshiunda, said that that Steven allegedly took a video of the minors and reportedly gave them R20.

“He was arrested, and the docket was transferred to the Provincial Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for further investigation,” added Netshiunda.

Steven appeared in Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court on a charge of two counts of sexual assault on minors. The case was postponed to May 31, and he remains in police custody.

In 2019, Steven was sentenced in the Port Shepstone Regional Court to 10 years imprisonment, with five of those suspended for possession of child pornography. He was found with 467 images of child pornography on his tablet and cellphone.

In 2011, police found more than 3 000 shocking images involving children after Steven was arrested at a caravan park in Port Shepstone. He was sentenced to seven years imprisonment.

In East London in 2006, he was convicted of being in possession of child pornography. He was sentenced to eight years in jail, of which three years were suspended.

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