December 2021

Transgender paedophile, 60, who was jailed for 20 months for having cocaine-fuelled sex with a dog is sent to a male prison because she is not legally a woman

A paedophile, who now identifies as a woman, who was jailed for having group sex with an Alsatian has been sent to a men’s prison because she is not legally female.

Claire Goodier – of Spencer Street in Northwich who was previously known as John and convicted of child abuse images as a man in the past – was sentenced for 20 months 

Goodier, 60, has identified as a woman for at least two years and was referred to as Claire and ‘she’ during her Chester Crown Court case.

She has been twice convicted of possessing indecent images of children in 2006 and 2009 – has been sent to HMP Altcourse.

It is a Category B men’s private prison and Young Offender Institution situated in Liverpool.

A source said ‘Prisoners go to whichever prison matches their legally recognised gender.

‘This defendant is in a male prison, HMP Altcourse.’  

The jail is where Man City star Benjamin Mendy is currently being on remand ahead of his multiple rape trial next year.

Goodier was identified in court listings under a male name but with a note added to be addressed in the hearing as Claire. A Sexual Harm Prevention Order issued is under that female identity. 

The Gender Recognition Act 2004 allows people to change their legal sex and obtain a Gender Recognition certificate proving it – which is valid in prisons. 

Judge Steven Everett called Goodier’s crime in taking part in the dog act with other adults as ‘despicable’ ‘disgusting’ and ‘depraved’ as he jailed the pervert for 20 months. 

He said the defendant had been ‘astonishingly lucky’ to avoid previous spells behind bars after receiving suspended sentences. 

Paulinus Barnes, prosecuting at Chester Crown Court on Wednesday, December 22, said the police had called to Goodier’s home on July 19, 2019, to carry out a routine check due to being on the sex offenders register for life.

Officers took a laptop which contained evidence Goodier had searched the internet for bestiality content and when a full analysis of the equipment was finally completed some two years later, it emerged hidden folders contained 31 indecent images of a sex act with an Alsatian breed of dog.

Mr Barnes said: ‘She admitted possession of the images.

‘She said she had fantasised about it for a number of years and after talking about it with people in Northwich, was put in touch with others in Bournemouth. 

‘She travelled down there in December 2018 and took part in the sex act with other people and the Alsatian dog.’

On arrest on June 17 this year, police also found another pen drive in a handbag containing the same images and 3.5 grammes of cocaine. 

When the sex act was committed between December 15 and 16, 2018, Goodier had also been in breach of a suspended sentence order, which had been imposed in May of that year for failing to adhere to the terms of a sexual harm prevention order.

Simon Mills, defending, said his client had always been ‘frank and honest’ with the probation service and although accepting the behaviour had been depraved and disgusting, called on the Judge to consider another suspended sentence.

Goodier had also failed to comply with the terms of the sexual harm prevention order in November of last year, when she was 13 days late, blaming being in isolation due to Covid guidelines.

Judge Everett told Goodier he did agree with the probation service assessing her as being a low risk of re-offending as he sent her to prison.

He said: ‘You are a long, long way from changing your life.

‘You deceitfully took part in a cocaine-fuelled incident with other persons.

‘Since the terrible offence took place you kept the images unashamedly for your own sexual gratification.

‘In the middle of all this, you failed to comply with the terms of an order, which some might say is a minor breach, but it’s not for the first time.

‘Your record is appalling and it could be said you were astonishingly lucky not to go to prison previously.

‘A message must go out that if you commit such disgusting behaviour then you must go to prison.’

Goodier sobbed after learning of the 20 months sentence, ten-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and order to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register.

January 2006

Pervert took indecent images of 14-year-old girl

A Barnton man who admitted 20 charges relating to child sexual abuse will serve six months in prison.

Chemical company worker John Ernest Goodier, of Spencer Street, was supported by his partner at Chester Crown Court last Wednesday as he faced sentence for the charges.

They included 13 counts of taking 67 indecent photos of a child, three of downloading 120 Internet images, one of distributing an indecent photo, one of possessing 187 images and two of involving a 14-year-old girl in pornographic photos. The offences were committed between July 2004 and July 2005.

Miles Wilson, prosecuting, said Goodier, 44, did not believe he had acted inappropriately.

He was arrested in March after a police investigation tracked a photograph of a young girl in school uniform back to him.

He added: “Police went to his house because a Lancashire man was found to have photos on his computer of an unidentified girl. The uniform was Middlewich High.”

When police visited Goodier’s home they found the images on computers and a CD but Mr Wilson said his client felt the 67 photographs taken by himself – of a 14-year-old girl alone and also with a female friend – were acceptable despite a social worker showing ‘considerable concern’.

He added: “He is naïve and foolish in the way he has behaved. He said he was just trying to make her (the teenage girl) happy. Neither of the girls saw themselves as victims and neither viewed the photos as inappropriate.”

But Judge Stephen Clarke said this was inexcusable.

He added: “The concern is they are only 14 years of age and posing in a certain manner. There is a market for that kind of photo so children have to be protected.

“Quite why you did not realise the nature of these photos I do not know.”

Goodier was given an extended sentence of three years, 12 months in prison – of which he will serve half – and two years on licence.

He was disqualified from working with children, ordered to join the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and had items including computers, cameras and a CD seized.