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‘Porn pastor’ sent to jail

A former youth leader dubbed the “porn pastor” has been sentenced to an effective 10 years behind bars.

Kent Locke (29) pleaded guilty to 47 counts of sexual abuse last week and was sentenced to 15 years in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court, with five years suspended.

He was arrested in his Rondebosch home in September 2017. Six months later he was re-arrested in Durbanville on fresh charges involving sexual grooming of teenagers while he was out on bail.

Locke, who worked as a youth leader at Common Ground Church in the southern suburbs, posed as a teenage girl and lured young boys (between the ages of 12 and 17) to send him sexually explicit photos.

After receiving the initial images Locke would ask for more photos. When the victims refused he threatened to post them online unless they sent him more images.

Some of his victims approached him for advice surrounding the issue in his role as a youth leader. Locke advised the boys to keep on sending pictures.

According to TimesLIVE Locke was known to have used Instagram and WhatsApp.

Locke, who has a master’s degree in environmental and geographical science from the University of Cape Town, also worked as a photographer at many schools in the Rondebosch area.

In Locke’s plea agreement he admits to being molested himself as a toddler. As a mitigating factor, he also states he has been undergoing therapy paid for by himself and his family.

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