The Namibian pedophile who produced and sold child pornography is charged with rape and sexual abuse of up to 34 minors

Earlier this week, a 49-year old Namibian man was arrested in Windhoek for selling and producing child pornography. He was in Namibian Police custody, and his first tribunal appearance was on Tuesday, 5th of April 2020, in the magistrate’s court.

Photo of Johann Wickus Maree from Informanté

The suspect is Johann Wickus Maree, a 49-year old Namibian resident, an alleged private investigator, and a “sports photographer.” The suspect owned a dark web site named “Boy Idols,” from which he would sell photos of young male models in swimwear and clothing. He would also post videos of minor boys on a dark web forum.


He was investigated since 2019, and the evidence was discovered by the Namibian Police in collaboration with the Netherlands police, the South African police, and Interpol.

The Nampol raided his house on Thursday, the 30th of April. They found evidence such as hardware, computers, and other objects that link him to the crimes.

As reported by the chief spokesperson of the Namibian Police, deputy commissioner Kauna Shikwambi, the videos contained several minors performing sexual acts in bathrooms where video cameras were planted. Some videos, also obtained from covert cameras, were recordings of minors boys visiting the restroom at a public swimming pool. He also filmed himself engaging in sexual acts with his victims.

Charges after the preliminary trial

He was accused of forty charges, which involved up to thirty-four children as young as 9 years old. Eight under-aged boys were sexually abused and raped between 2016 and 2020, and an additional fourteen victims have been identified. Police are reaching for witnesses’ statements. The other twelve victims have yet to be traced.

Johann Wickus Maree was charged with rape, immoral acts with minors under the age of sixteen, indecent assault, charges of using children to create child pornography, trafficking by recruiting under-age boys for sexual exploitation.

After being informed of the serious charges, he stated that he’d be applying for a public defender. The suspect also said that he didn’t want to apply for bail at this stage.

Investigation continues while the suspect is in custody, and the case was postponed until the 28th of August.

The Namibian Police encourages citizens and parents to contact the national head of the Criminal Investigation Directorate, commissioner Nelius Becker, at (061) 209 3252 or 081 129 9215. Alternatively, detective chief inspector Pennies Olivier at 081 421 0903 if their children have been in contact with the suspect.

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Operation Stolen Promise: Homeland Security Investigations dismantles criminal activities seizing $3.2 million in illicit proceeds from COVID-19 frauds

At the beginning of April 2020, the U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) developed a systematic plan called Operation Stolen Promise (OSP). The objective is to hunt down and disrupt COVID-19 illegal activities while strengthening global supply-chain security.

The OSP has successfully made 419 COVID-19-related confiscations: unauthorized COVID-19 test and treatment kits, counterfeit, mislabeled, and potentially dangerous pharmaceuticals, prohibited masks, and medical devices. Many of these COVID-19 products were sold online on illegal darknet marketplaces that are being taken down by the HSI. In addition, many fraudulent fundraisers, financial schemes, and other similar scams have also been disrupted.

Only this past month, the HSI has made 9 arrests, has interrupted 85 illegal activities, and has seized more than $3.2 million in illicit proceeds.

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One of the first investigations began on April 1st, in Los Angeles, California. A British man was charged with smuggling into the U.S. mislabeled pharmaceuticals that were supposed to treat COVID-19. The investigation was lead by Los Angeles HSI, in partnership with the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations, with assistance from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, alongside the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Furthermore, in mid-April 2020, a man from Georgia was arrested for illicitly importing and distributing online an unauthorized pesticide. He was claiming that it was a valid product against COVID-19.

Another investigation was directed by Philadelphia HSI in collaboration with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for District of Columbia. After obtaining a warrant on April 17th,  authorizing the disruption of The owner of the website put the domain up for sale.

He was asking for bitcoins on a hacking forum, advertising it as a great way to sell “high markup in demand products.” In a conversation with an HSI undercover agent, the seller stated that it was “genius” to sell “fake testing kits” on the alleged website, and that he would’ve done it himself had he not been financially unable to buy in bulk from a Chinese e-commerce site, Alibaba.

He continued the conversation with the undercover agent by suggesting ways to avoid the U.S. authorities to prevent them from closing the website. One of the proposed methods involved using a proxy or VPN connection.

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The warrant charges are allegations, and the case is still in course. Civil forfeiture proceedings are underway, expecting ownership claims or identification.

As part of OSP, the Homeland Security Investigations has launched a public campaign to inform citizens of fraudulent and criminal COVID-19 activities. The population is encouraged to pay attention to red flags and report any suspicious COVID-19-related activities to COVID19FRAUD@DHS.GOV.