March 2021

Multiple child rapist jailed for longer

A serial sex offender has had his sentence increased following intervention by the then Solicitor General, Rt Hon Michael Ellis QC MP.

Jonathan Maertens, 35, pleaded guilty to 34 child sexual offences as well as to possessing hundreds of thousands of indecent images of children and a ‘paedophile manual’. Over the course of nearly a decade of offending, Maertens filmed himself drugging and abusing his victims.

On 23 November 2020, Maertens was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 16 years’ imprisonment at Newport Crown Court.

Following a referral to the Court of Appeal under the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme by the Solicitor General, on 19 March 2021 the Court found the sentence to be unduly lenient and increased the minimum term of imprisonment to 25 years.

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.