October 2017

Pervert who had sex with a young girl given extended jail sentence

A FORMER Bewdley man who had sex with a 13-year-old girl and persuaded another to send him indecent images has been given an extended jail sentence.

Alexander Goodier was on licence after his early release from jail for earlier sex offences involving under-age girls, Worcester Crown court heard.

Judge Robert Juckes, QC, said he had considered the question of dangerousness and had decided 29-year-old Goodier had to be considered a “real risk of harm to children.”

Jim Dunstan, prosecuting, said Goodier had been given a sentence of three and a half years in April, 2015, for sex offences, including intercourse with a 14-year-old girl.

He was released early on licence in December, 2016, and had impressed the probation services with his willingness to work on a treatment programme but within a few months, he “succumbed to temptation.”

He was also subject to strict conditions, including not having any contact with girls under 16, not entering the town of Bewdley and restricted use of the internet but he breached all three, Mr Dunstan said.

In July this year, he started exchanging indecent images with one of the girls and they later met up and had sex in a field, Mr Dunstan said.

Goodier also exchanged indecent images with another girl who sent them on Snapchat and suspected he had taken screen shots to preserve them instead of allowing them to be deleted straight away.

Goodier, now of Kyreside, Tenbury Wells, pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child and two charges of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

His other previous convictions included burglary and possession of a stun gun, Mr Dunstan said.

He also had a 20-year-old girlfriend at the time and he was arrested with her going north on the M6.

She told police they had decided to leave the area because of the allegations, which came to light when one of the girls told her mother. He told police he committed the offences because he “craved attention”, Mr Dunstan said.

“You currently pose a real risk of harm to children and it is appropriate to pass an extended sentence,” Judge Juckes told Goodier.

He was jailed for a total of five years with an extended sentence to eight years. It means he will not be eligible for release until two-thirds of his sentence has passed and he will then be on licence until the end of eight years.

He will also be subject to a sexual harm prevention order and will have to register as a sex offender, both until further order.