November 2020

Isle of Wight paedophile sentenced to life

A West Wight paedophile, who raped youngsters and made more than 200,000 indecent images of children, has been jailed for life.

Jonathan Richard Maertens, 35, of Richmond Meade, Freshwater, admitted a number of child sexual offences, including rape and sexual assaults against nine victims.

Appearing at the Isle of Wight Crown Court today (Monday), it was said that he made 209,380 indecent images of children and 9,027 movies, containing some from the most serious Category A showing the rape and torture of young children

He recorded footage of himself sexually abusing female children aged between 4 and 17.

Maertens in many cases edited the footage and stored it on hard drives at his home.  

The court heard the devices were seized when officers executed a warrant at his home address.

Maertens was handed a life sentence, to serve a minimum of 16 years before he can be considered for parole.

Judge Tim Mousley also made Maertens subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and he has been placed on the sex offenders’ register.

Judge Mousley said: “Sixteen years is not a fixed term. You may never be released. If released, you will be on licence for the rest of your life.” 

Maertens is banned from working with children and vulnerable adults.

He had previously pleaded guilty to 36 offences, including a drugs charge and assault of a police officer.