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Foster carer pleads guilty to child sex charges

By Hythe Herald  |  Posted: December 14, 2013

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A FOSTER carer has pleaded guilty to a string of child sex and child pornography offences.

Martin Locke admitted to one count of distributing or showing indecent photographs of a child, three of arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence and one of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, when he appeared at Canterbury Crown Court on December 6.

Locke, 63, of Tanners Hill Gardens, is due to be sentenced in the new year for his crimes, all of which were committed within five days in October this year.

Locke, who is married, admitted sending nine indecent images of young girls to another man on October 14. Between that day and October 17, he arranged to meet and have sexual activity with an 11-year-old girl, and also a seven-year-old girl.

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He was also involved in arranging sexual activity with an 18-month-old girl.

The final charge Locke admitted was that he “for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification, intentionally engaged in sexual activity” while a child aged under 13 was present, between October 17 and 18.

It adds that he admitted to “twitching” in the presence of the child, while pretending to read a newspaper, and “knowing or believing” that the child was aware of his activity.

Custody

Locke was arrested and charged with the first four counts on October 18. He appeared at Channel Magistrates’ Court the following day and was remanded in custody, where he remains waiting for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

Locke was employed by Capstone Foster Care (Southeast) Ltd, an independent agency not registered with Kent County Council, in Park Farm Road, Folkestone, but staff there declined to comment. A spokesman said: “I’ve got a situation. I’m sorry, I can’t deal with your deadlines – you’re only a newspaper.”

Locke will appear before a judge at Canterbury Crown Court next month for sentencing.

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  • Hobbittimes  |  December 14 2013, 2:00PM

    Is this the same martin locke who was deputy head of the channel school 10 years ago?

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