Convicted paedophile revealed to be ‘respected’ member of Bath community

Martin Coulson, 70, was convicted of six counts of indecent assault spanning three decades

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The Somerset man convicted of indecently assaulting children as young as five-years-old was a prominent member of the Bath community, it has emerged.

Martin Coulson, 70, was sentenced to three years in prison following a trial at Portsmouth Crown Court for six counts of indecent assault committed across three decades.

The offences took place in Gosport, Hampshire, in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, as Somerset Live reported last week.

However, Bath Live can now exclusively reveal that Coulson, whose address was listed in court as Highbury Road, Weston-super-Mare, had strong links to the Bath area, previously acting as chairman of the Combe Down Heritage Society and taking part in several public campaigns.

He has since vacated the chairmanship, a spokesman for the society confirmed.

The spokesman said: “We’re looking for another chairman.

“Martin resigned on October 2, with no reason given.

“He was an extremely active and creative chairman.

“We’ll struggle to replace him with someone with the same sort of drive.”

Coulson participated in numerous activities as chairman including local lectures, historical projects and consultation schemes.

In fact, tickets were still available this week for a talk to be held by Coulson on November 8.

Coulson was also an OBE, having received the recognition in 1995 while serving as a lieutenant colonel in the Territorial Army.