January 2017

Lincolnshire charity worker caught with over 1,200 indecent videos involving girls as young as four

A Lincolnshire charity worker who downloaded indecent videos showing girls of just four years old being raped has been jailed at Lincoln Crown Court.

57 year old Andrew Martin, who worked full-time for the charity LIVES, was arrested in 2015 after police raided his home following a tip-off and seized computer equipment.

Sam Skinner, prosecuting, said that officers received information that Martin was using a file sharing site to distribute illegal child sexual abuse images

Mr Skinner said: “When the police arrived Mr Martin was at work. Officers seized a computer tower and hard drive.

“The material on the computer was accessible to the user but had been placed in a hidden file. Only this defendant knew it was there until it was analysed by a computer expert.”

A total of 1,278 videos depicting child sexual abuse were found including 597 which were of the most serious level.

A further 1,072 still images of children were also found.

Analysis of the computer showed that one of the images had been distributed to 130 other viewers using a file sharing site.

Mr Skinner said that police only examined a small proportion of the 120,000 files on the computer as a full examination would have taken several months to complete.

He said it was likely that more child porn would have been found if more work had been carried out.

Martin, 57, of St Andrews Street, Heckington, admitted six charges of making indecent images of children, one charge of distribution of a pornographic image of a child and a further charge of possession of 34 extreme pornographic images.

The offences took place between February 2009 and September 2015. He was jailed for 16 months and placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years. He was also given a 10 year sexual harm prevention order.

Judge Simon Hirst, passing sentence, told him: “There is just far too much material and this went on for far too long a period of time for me to do anything other than impose an immediate custodial sentence upon you.”

Christopher Hopkins, in mitigation, said Martin accepted full responsibility for what he had done and has sought help.

Mr Hopkins added: “He lost his job with the LIVES charity and has lost his relationship of 26 years as a result of these matters.”