35-year-old Jonathan Richard Maertens from Freshwater has pleaded guilty to a string of sickening offences against children, including rape.
Maertens, of Richmond Meade off Princes Road, appeared at the Isle of Wight Crown Court today (Friday) where he admitted committing 34 separate offences.
As many as 9 different children are said to have been victims of Maertens, who has held his hands up to rape, sexual assault and making indecent images of children.
He will now appear before the Isle of Wight Crown Court for sentencing on 23rd November this year. He will spend the next 6 weeks behind bars on remand.
Hampshire Constabulary has issued reassurance about the matter:
“We understand that this case will be of concern to the local community, but would ask that you do not to speculate on any circumstances.
“The children affected and their families have been provided with support from specialist staff throughout.
“This case is not connected with any other investigations”.