Kenyan cops arrest man over child porn allegations

Kenyan police are investigating a retired German national who frequently visits Kenya after he was arrested last week photographing children’s genitals and found to be in possession of a pornographic film featuring minors, officials said on Monday.

Leo Brock (68) from Cologne, was arrested in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa on May 17 after parents told the police he had been seen taking pictures of children’s genitals at a swimming pool and recreation facility.

In the course of his arrest, authorities discovered and seized a locally made pornographic movie featuring Brock and adult women as well as scenes involving children, photos of naked women and Viagra tablets, they said.

They added that they are investigating whether Brock has links to the international trade in child pornography.

“When police arrested the man, he was forced to hand over the tape and the film and it was at this juncture we discovered he had made a whole two-hour sex movie where he was the main actor,” said a Mombasa police official.

The official will not say whether the children depicted in the video are engaged in sex acts but described the film as “dirty and morally corrupt,” adding that Kenyan women who appeared in the tape were also arrested.

Patrick Obimo, a senior officer in the Coast Provincial Criminal Investigations Department, said Brock would be charged on Tuesday with possession of indecent material, pending the child porn investigation.

A retired electronics engineer, Brock is a frequent visitor to Kenya and last arrived in the country on April 5, according to travel documents seized by police, officials said.

Authorities believe he may be part of an international syndicate that has been operating on the Kenyan coast, paying poor women to make pornographic movies that are later posted on the internet.

Kenyan social workers have increasingly complained that the trade in sex tourism is growing in Mombasa and nearby Indian Ocean resorts. - Sapa-AFP

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