Jail for Burnley man who had viewed porn from age 13

Martin Calvert
Martin Calvert

A Burnley man who viewed porn from the age of 13 asked a court for help when he was sentenced for having obscene photos and videos, and a historic sexual assault.

Martin Calvert (31) was jailed for 18 months by Judge Beverly Lunt. He was given 12 months for the assault and a consecutive six months each for each of the images charges, to run concurrently.

He had earlier admitted eight counts of having 670 obscene images: 525 at level 1 (the least serious), 34 at level 2, 41 at level 3 and 72 at 4.

Police seized two computer towers and a laptop from his home in Mary Street.

The court was told the historic sexual assault, on Calvert’s admission one of several, involved a girl of 12 some 12 years ago. It came to light following a conversation on Facebook in which he offered to admit his guilt.

Mr Richard Taylor (defending) said Calvert had shown considerable remorse and understanding about the offences, and was asking for professional help from the sexual offenders’ programme. Mr Taylor said it was unlikely, were he jailed, to be given assistance in prison as his sentence would not be long enough.

Mr Taylor said Calvert was willing to comply with any other imposed by the court.

“This is a man who has lived a lie for a number of years,” he said. “A man whose life in the last few years has been empty and worthless, and he has now lost contact with his own children.”

Sentencing, Judge Beverly Lunt said she felt she had no option but to impose an immediate custodial sentence.

She also ordered that Calvert should be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years, confirmed the confiscature of his computer equipment and images, and ordered a restriction on his future use of computers and the internet. He will be banned for life from working with children