Ipswich: Top organist admits child porn and voyeurism offences

A RENOWNED keyboard player who ran one of the town’s top music shops has admitted downloading thousands of child porn images.

David Templing, of Manor Road, Martlesham, was the director of Haven Keyboards, which traded for many years in Felixstowe Road, near St Augustine’s roundabout.

The 54-year-old was also one of the region’s distinguished organists.

Templing is now due to be sentenced next month after admitting nine charges of making indecent images of children when he appeared for his Ipswich Crown Court plea and case management hearing.

He also pleaded guilty to voyeurism by recording another person doing private acts for the purpose of obtaining his own sexual gratification, knowing the other person did not consent to that intention.


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The charges relating to the child pornography originally alleged Templing had made 5,817 indecent photos, or pseudo photographs, of children.

However, during the hearing his solicitor Craig Marchant told the court the actual figures were unclear and needed verification.

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These accusations relate to the period between April 4, 2005 and October 1, 2011.

The voyeurism charge is said to have occurred sometime between May 1, 2004 and December 31, 2010.

No other details came out as to why Templing committed the offences or how he was caught.

Templing was arrested on October 14 last year, before being bailed pending further enquiries.

He was charged in July.

Judge David Goodin adjourned the case for sentencing pending the compiling of pre-sentence reports.

These could include a report from a psychiatrist. Among the issues which will be looked at is if Templing presents any risk to youngsters or others in the community.

Templing was told he is now subject to the notification requirements of the Sexual Offences Act.

Judge Goodin made it clear to the musician that all sentencing options remain open.

Sentencing is due to take place sometime in the week commencing December 17.

Templing became a director of Haven Keyboards, which sold and rented musical instruments, in November 2000.

Haven Keyboards specialised in organ music, but is now closed.

Templing also managed the store, as well as being a director of the company.

As a musician he described himself as a ‘keyboardist’ and is well-known in the area for his organ music and concerts at various venues around Suffolk.

He has made at least five CDs of – two of which he is said to have recorded under his own label.

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