September 2015

A man persuaded a 14-year-old girl to send him photographs of herself naked and then posted them on Facebook has been jailed.

Ashley Goodfield, 21, admitted eight ‘sexting’ offences including inciting the girl to engage in sexual activity.

The girl was “hugely embarrassed” by what happened and felt everyone she knew was talking about it behind her back, Gloucester Crown Court was told.

She moved away to live with her grandmother to get away from people who knew her, the court also heard.

Prosecutor David Maunder said Goodfield met the girl at a house party in March last year when he was 19.

Messages: The victim sent Goodfield images on her phone he then posted online
A week later he contacted her in a chatroom and began having conversations with her.

After three or four weeks he asked her to send him pictures of her naked breasts and private parts.

Initially she said no but he persisted and said he would not show anyone else.

Goodfield also sent her explicit images of himself, which she deleted immediately.

After she had sent him pictures of herself they stopped talking – but a month later a friend of hers told her Goodfield had sent her the images on Facebook.

In a victim impact statement the victim said “I didn’t really understand the massive effects and problems this would cause for me.

“I knew he was older and I trusted him,” she said. “I never thought he would show them to anyone else. When I found out I was so upset, embarrassed and ashamed.”

Victim: The girl said she was embarrassed and thought everyone was talking about her
Judge Jamie Tabor QC said: “It must have been absolutely hideously embarrassing for her”.

The girl stated that she believed what happened had affected her behaviour and led to her being expelled from school.

Mr Maunder said another girl, now 17, befriended the defendant on Facebook in January 2014.

She also exchanged naked pictures with him, even though they had never met.

When she was traced she said Goodfield had been ‘bombarding’ her to do it.

Jailing Goodfield for nine months, Judge Tabor imposed a four year restraining order and a four year sexual harm prevention order.

Goodfield, of Caincross, Stroud, will also have to sign the sex offender register for the next 10 years.