Martin Gill - jailed for sex abuse of school girl

A man has been jailed after he admitted to sexually abusing a young girl in Crewe.

Martin Gill was first arrested when a stash of child abuse images were found on electronic devices.

But officers then found a folder of videos and images of one girl in a school uniform who they soon identified and found to have been a victim of Gill.

He was jailed for 10 years when he appeared at Chester Crown Court.

The 49-year-old, of Clair Street, Crewe, was convicted of 15 offences. He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register indefinitely.

The investigation, referred to as Operation Sideband, initially began following an incident on in January 2019 when police were made aware of a category A indecent image uploaded to the internet.

Detectives identified the address of the user who had uploaded the image and in May 2019 Gill was arrested.

During a search of his home in Crewe, police recovered electronic devices which contained more than 2000 indecent images of children and voyeuristic videos filmed covertly of teenage girls.

During questioning, Gill admitted to being part of group chats on the platform Kik where members would exchange indecent images of children.

While examining the devices, detectives discovered a folder of images and videos which were taken by Gill of a young girl in her school uniform.

Following extensive enquiries, detectives swiftly identified the victim who disclosed a number of sexual offences committed by Gill.

Gill was charged with a total of 15 offences and pleaded guilty to all offending.

Detective Superintendent Gavin Day said: “Firstly, I would like to recognise the courage that the victim has shown throughout this investigation.

“Gill is an extremely dangerous individual who was intent on sexually assaulting a young girl in order fulfil his own perverse sexual gratification.

“What he subjected the victim to was truly horrifying, not only that, but he made her endure a trial and recount what he had done to her.

“But thanks to the bravery of the victim, Gill is now finally being held accountable for his actions.

“I would also like to extend my thanks to Digital Forensic Investigator, Aaron Jones, on his exceptional work on what proved to be a very extensive and challenging investigation.

“I hope that this case encourages other victims of sexual offences to come forward and report them to us.

“Cheshire Constabulary treats all reports of sexual offences extremely seriously, and any reports will be thoroughly investigated, with the wishes and needs of the victim as our main priority.

“Victims should never feel ashamed to talk about what they have been subjected to.

“They will receive the help and support they need from our specialist officers, as well as from other support agencies we work alongside, and all victims of sexual offences have the right to anonymity.”

If you have been a victim of sexual abuse, or know of someone who has, call police on 101 or visit

Information can also be reported anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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