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A German national accused of child sexual exploitation involving a 15-year-old, has been granted a Sh1 million bond with two Kenyan sureties by a Kilifi court.

Netzband Tim Marvin, faces three charges, including child trafficking, child pornography, and promoting a sexual offense with a child.

In the first count, Marvin is charged with trafficking in persons, as per Section 3(1)(e) read with Sections 3(4) and 3(5) of the Counter Trafficking in Persons Act No. 8 of 2020.

“It is alleged that on diverse days between 1st January 2024 and 9th February 2024 at Mtondia area Kilifi North sub-county of Kilifi County, he sexually exploited a 15-year-old child after transporting her using his vehicle from the Maghreb hotel, Sea Horse area to his house in Mtondia area,” the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution(ODPP) said Thursday.

On the second count, Marvin is charged with child pornography under Section 24(1)(c) of the Computer Misuse and Cybercrime Act No. 5 of 2018. I

t is alleged that in the Mtondia area of Kilifi North sub-county, Marvin transmitted pornographic images to the victim via WhatsApp.

He also faces a charge of promoting a sexual offense with a child, as per Section 12(a) of the Sexual Offences Act No. 3 of 2006.

 The ODPP states that on February 6, 2024, at an unspecified location within Kenya, Marvin promoted a sexual act to a 15-year-old by distributing a nude picture via WhatsApp on his mobile phone.

The case, prosecuted by Assistant DPP Vivian Kambaga and Prosecution Counsel Nancy Njeru, is scheduled for hearing on March 14, 2024. By Bruhan Makong, Capital News

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