September 2015

Surrey police inspector avoids jail over child abuse images

A police inspector has avoided a jail sentence after pleading guilty to possessing child abuse images.

Christopher Goodman, 43, from Guildford, who served with Surrey police force at the time of his arrest, was given a nine-month prison sentence suspended for two years at Lewes crown court.

At a previous hearing, Goodman had admitted eight offences of making a total of 92 indecent images of children.

A police spokesman said 72 of the images were classified as category C – 16 as category B, and four as category A – the most serious level.

“The offences involved the use of his home computer equipment, and there was no use of Surrey police systems,” he said.

Goodman was stationed at Reigate at the time of his arrest in August 2013.

At the hearing he was also ordered to sign the sex offender register for 10 years and was given a sexual harm prevention order until further notice, severely restricting his access to computer and related communications equipment.

The court also made an order for the forfeiture and destruction of Goodman’s computer equipment seized at the time of his arrest, and he was required to pay £450 court costs.

The investigation was carried out by the paedophile online investigation team at the request of Surrey police.

August 2015

Former Surrey Police inspector pleads GUILTY to child abuse images

A former Surrey Police inspector has pleaded guilty to eight counts of making indecent images of children.

Christopher Goodman, 43, appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court today (August 5).

The court heard he ‘made’ a total of 92 indecent images by downloading them onto home computer equipment between October 2012 and August 2013.

Four of the images were class A, the most serious category, involving particularly violent and graphic scenes of teenage girls.

JPs heard Goodman, of Frobisher Gardens, Guildford, accessed the images through a mainstream pornographic site.

He was released on conditional bail to be sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on September 4.

Conditions included to stay away from children aged under 16, save through social services with a risk assessment or through inadvertent or unavoidable contact, and not to access three email accounts without the approval of an officer in the case.

The probation service were due to make pre-sentence reports on Goodman before the hearing.

A spokesman for Surrey Police said he was dismissed in August 2014 because of the case.

He was an inspector stationed at Reigate.

Sussex Police’s Paedophile On-Line Investigation Team investigated him at the request of Surrey Police.