August 2017

Newchapel dad, 62, had almost 12,000 indecent images of children on his computer

Married Christopher Gojka had thousands of child abuse images on his computer when his home was raided by police.

The 62-year-old was arrested at his workplace after officers searched his Newchapel home and seized a computer tower.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard analysis of the equipment revealed almost 12,000 indecent images and videos of children.

Prosecutor Clare Thomas said: “A search warrant was executed at the defendant’s home address on October 26 last year.

“He wasn’t present but his wife and son were. Computer equipment was seized from the living room.

“The defendant was located at his place of work. He intimated he knew why officers had gone to his home address.

“He was arrested and taken to the police station.”

Staffordshire Police found a total of 362 still and moving images that were classed as Category A – the most serious category – while there were 340 Category B still and moving images, and 11,187 of Category C.

Miss Thomas added: “In interview, the defendant made full admissions to the offences and said he had been accessing the images over a long period of time.

“He had used various ‘pre-teen’ search terms to look for the images and downloaded them.”

Gojka, of Pennyfields Road, in Newchapel, pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent photographs of children.

The court heard he had three previous convictions for unrelated offences, which were ‘of some age’.

Recorder Andrew Easteal handed Gojka an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

Recorder Easteal said: “What you need to understand is the people responsible for these hideous acts against children include you. Everybody that chooses to download these images feeds the market, creates that incentive for people without conscience or care who would exploit and abuse children to make money.

“To your credit you did make full admissions and pleaded guilty immediately. Keeping in mind everything said about you and your response to this, not least what was clearly a genuine attempt on your own life, I will suspend the sentence.”

As part of his sentence, Gojka must complete a programme to address sexual offending.

A five-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), which will limit his interaction with children and his use of the internet, was imposed. He will also be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.