August 2017

Paedophile snared after laptop engineer finds hundreds of indecent images of children

A paedophile was rumbled after hundreds of indecent images of children were found on his laptop when he sent it in for repair.

Christopher Goodwin, 60, took his Lenovo laptop to a computer technician so it could be fixed – only for the engineer to find the lewd material.

After reporting the matter to the authorities, searches were carried out at his home address in Pembroke Terrace, Bridlington, on November 9, 2016, with police seizing seven mobile phones and his Lenovo laptop.

Forensic analysis revealed Goodwin had more than 400 indecent images stored on electronic devices in his home, including 53 which were classed in the most serious ‘category A.’

Some of the children whose pictures were stored were as young as 10, with police finding many were also in “obvious pain.”

Officers also found disturbing chatroom conservations of a “salacious nature” involving Goodwin and young children.

Phillip Evans, prosecuting at Hull Crown Court, said: “One set of communications on January 9, 2016, involves sexual activity or conversation with sexual activity with a 10-year-old.

“On July, 19, 2016, there were conversations of a sexual nature with a 13-year-old.”

Goodwin pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children and a further two counts of distributing indecent images of children after it was discovered he had been sharing the images with other users online.

Recorder Jeremy Hill-Baker criticised Goodwin for making innocent, young children the victims of his sexual fantasies.

He said: “It is sometimes thought that there is no victim in a crime like this but every picture of a child in a sexualised position is a child that is a victim who has been photographed and abused.

“The more worrying feature in your case is that you did not simply download the images, you participated in sharing them. That elevates the sentence significantly.

“You spoke to people you believed to be children in terms which are unacceptable and sexualised.”