He was sentenced on charges of rape, human trafficking, attempted murder and malicious damage to property.
In handing down his sentence, Judge Mohamed Ismail, said Ackerman's sentences will run concurrently, meaning he will only serve one life term behind bars.
Ismail further declared Ackerman unfit to work with children. He added that Ackerman showed no remorse throughout the trial.
Ismail reprimanded Ackerman during proceedings on Monday after he raised his hand in an attempt to address the court.
“This is not a school. You cannot just raise your hand. It’s rude and also distracting,” Ismail said.
Moments after he was sentenced, Ackerman fired his legal representation and asked for a retrial.
Ismail instructed Ackerman to file his motion for a retrial with the court and State by November 15 and the motion for retrial will be heard on November 30.
IOL previously reported that Ackerman was convicted on charges including attempted murder, rape, sexual exploitation of children and sex trafficking. Ackerman was charged alongside acting judge and senior advocate Paul Kennedy.
The two ran the human trafficking ring between September 2020 and July 2021. Kennedy died by suicide.
The men were charged with sexually grooming children, being in possession of child pornography, creating child pornography, committing rape, sexual assault, compelled rape, compelled sexual assault, human trafficking, sexually grooming children and benefiting from sexually exploiting children.