February 2021

Torment of Martyn Cater’s victim who ‘went to doctors a virgin and came out pregnant’

A woman who was sexually abused as a girl later fell pregnant with her attacker’s baby but was completely unaware of it until she visited the doctor.

Martyn Cater, from Sheffield, would often get his victim to touch him before forcing her into performing sexual acts on herself against her will.

The vile predator started his campaign of abuse in the 1970s but the worst offence was yet to come.

The woman was just a young girl at the time but soon became aware what Cater was doing to her was wrong.

In the 1980s, as a teenager, she was told by medical professionals she was pregnant and was faced with the impossible task of working out who the father was.

She said she had no recollection of ever having sex before realising the baby was Cater’s. During a hearing at Sheffield Crown Court, prosecutor Gordon Stables said the baby was put up for adoption and it wasn’t until later she knew for sure the baby’s father was her abuser.

She pinpointed the month in which the baby must have been conceived and deduced that she must have been drugged for Cater to have sex with her.

During police interviews and victim impact statements read in court, she said she faced unbearable grief as she looked to have her newborn son adopted.

She said: “I felt ashamed because I had a child. The stigma of having a child was huge.”

Cater’s victim’s worst fears were almost confirmed when her son got in touch with her in around 2010.

She noticed he looked almost identical to Cater and a DNA test proved to be a match.

She said: “I still don’t know how he did it, where or when.

“I have spent years and years of feeling guilty about having my baby adopted. It took me a long time to come to terms with what I did.

“I never gave Martyn consent to have sexual intercourse with me. I have no memory of it happening.

“I went to the doctors a virgin and came out pregnant. I put weight on and didn’t know why.”

She added: “He must have known he was the father. I know Martyn is an old man now but he wasn’t when he did this to me. I want closure now for this, both for my son and me.”

Cater, of Lock Street, Sheffield, admitted indecency with a child, indecent assault and serious sexual abuse and was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison.