May 2023

Sick Snodland paedophile filmed girl he abused for almost 10 years

A sex offender from Snodland repeatedly abused a child over a period of almost 10 years. An investigation found he had filmed the assaults and kept the footage.

Martin Emery has been convicted of a catalogue of offences after he targeted his vulnerable victim during a series of assaults over a prolonged time starting in the 1990s.

Allegations of abuse were first reported to Kent Police in 2018, and Emery, who was living in Chatham at the time, was arrested the same day.

An investigation uncovered that Emery had also secretly filmed his victim, and further offences were identified after several devices were seized from his home including a hard drive and USB stick. The devices were found to contain hundreds of indecent images of children downloaded from the internet, many of which were in the most serious category.

They also included evidence of obscene and extreme images and videos, some of which involved animals.

In June 2021, Emery appeared before Medway Magistrates‘ Court where he only admitted to four charges relating to possessing and making indecent images of children, as well as a charge of possessing extreme pornographic images.

Emery denied all the allegations of child sexual abuse but following a trial at Maidstone Crown Court was found guilty of seven counts of indecent assault, sexual assault and voyeurism.

The 64-year-old, of Birling Road, Snodland, was sentenced on May 3 to five years’ imprisonment.