Indian court jails Dutch paedophile for 10 years

27th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

A Dutch national has been jailed for 10 years in India after being convicted on child abuse and pornography charges, prosecutors said on Friday.

Wilhelmus Weijdeveld, 58, who ran an orphanage on the outskirts of the southern city of Chennai, was arrested by local police in 2009 following an alert by a British-based international child protection watchdog.

On Thursday, judge K. Anbazhagan found Weijdeveld guilty of kidnapping children, sexually abusing them and uploading child pornographic videos onto the Internet.

Prosecutors accused Weijdeveld of luring children in the city by offering them chocolates and video games.

He would then kidnap them, take them to tourist destination Mamallapuram, 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Chennai, and make pornographic videos.

During investigations, police seized compact discs, computer hard drives, memory cards and a laptop from his home.

Britain's Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), which works to stamp out child sex abuse, alerted Interpol about child pornography uploaded by Weijdeveld from India.

Weijdeveld came to India in 1980 on a tourist visa and had been staying for about three decades after applying for Indian citizenship.

He was previously arrested by the local police in 2002 and charged with having sex with minors but was let out on bail.

© 2011 AFP

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