March 2003

Child abuse images shame of church volunteer

A SUNDAY school volunteer in Coventry who downloaded child porn was caught as part of a joint UK and USA major pornography investigation.

Police searched Martyn Scott Gilder’s home in September 2002 as part of an international probe into people whose credit card records suggested they subscribed to an American child porn website.

The investigators took computers and floppy disks from his house in Longfellow Road, Poets Corner, Coventry, and found 137 child porn images.

Gilder, aged 35, had pleaded guilty to 16 counts of making an indecent photograph between November 1997 and January 1998.

At Coventry Magistrates’ Court he was given a three year community rehabilitation order and placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years.

Steven Millerchip, defending, said: “In terms of what he has done with the images he is at the bottom end of the scale.

“He just downloaded them and kept them.

“There are cases where 1,000s of images have been downloaded. 137 was not, on the scale of things, a large number.

“Most of the children were approaching puberty.

“The aggravating feature of very young children was not there.”

The court heard Gilder, a married man, would no longer be able to work at the Sunday school.