November 2019

Whitby pervert jailed for four-and-half years for offences relating to indecent images of children

A long-running police investigation has resulted in a man from Whitby being imprisoned for four-and-half years for offences relating to indecent images of children.

Richard Goundry, aged 38, of Gledhill Drive, was sentenced at York Crown Court on Thursday (14 November 2019) after previously pleading guilty.

He will be subject to a four-year extended licence when released from prison.

Goundry was already a registered sex offender when he moved to Whitby in March 2016. He had previously been convicted for making indecent images of in Middlesbrough in 2015 and in Sunderland in 2005.

Between January and March 2017, North Yorkshire Police acted on intelligence that indecent images of children offences – as well as an attempt to arrange or facilitate a child sex offence – were connected to the IP address at Goudry’s home in Whitby.

While this two-year Public Protection Unit investigation was ongoing, officers from the Digital Investigation and Intelligence team detected that Goundry was responsible for making hundreds of indecent images in June 2019.

He was immediately remanded in custody to protect the public and to prevent further offending while the two strands of the investigation continued.

Goundry was subsequently charged and convicted for a range of offences including two counts of distributing indecent images of children; six counts of making indecent images of children – this consisted of just under 2,000 images covering categories A, B and C; two counts of breaching a sexual harm prevention order; failing to comply with notification requests from the sex offenders’ register; and attempting to arrange or facilitate the commission of a child sex offence.

May 2015

Pervert with “preoccupation” with young children jailed over 3rd conviction for indecent images

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A MAN found in possession of indecent images of children for the third time conceded his “preoccupation” could result in an actual sexual attack on a young person.

Richard George Goundry’s fears were aired as he was jailed for two years for the large haul of offending images amassed on a computer hard drive at his home in Seaham, County Durham, which came to light last October.

Durham Crown Court heard an investigation begun in Canada into the world-wide exchange of indecent child images and film footage, led police to raid his home and remove computer equipment.

Forensic examination of the hard drive contents revealed 4,833 such images, including some video clips, of which 844 were in the most serious category.

Joanne Kidd, prosecuting, said several featured very young children, considered to be only a few months old, involved in penetrative sexual activity with adults.

She said there was also evidence that some of the children featured appeared to in pain and distressed at what was taking place.

Following expert analysis it was not possible to prove that Goundry distributed any himself, but some of the people with whom he was involved in chat room conversations had made them available for sharing to the defendant.

Miss Kidd said an aggravating feature was a previous conviction for possession of indecent child images, in 2005, and a caution four years earlier.

There was also an effort to conceal evidence of possession of the images in the latest case, with use of a browser to provide him with some element of anonymity in the chat room and internet use.

She said he also appeared to have made determined efforts to delete some material.

The court was told he previously told a probation report author he feared his behaviour “could progress” to contact sexual offences against a child.

Judge Christopher Prince said Goundry appeared to have been “candid” about his proclivity, but, “of concern” was his admission of a “pre-occupation” with very young children.

Goundry, 33, of Leechmere Crescent, admitted possessing indecent images of children.

Jailing him, Judge Prince told the defendant: “The images recovered were particularly disturbing, showing very young people, including babies, with some element of sadism.”

He made him subject of a sexual offences prevention order restricting future access and use of the internet.