Bishop Auckland’s ‘normal 21 year old man’ with ‘good job’ downloaded disgusting child abuse images

A pervert who was described as a “regular 21-year-old” with a “good job” avoided jail time after downloading disgusting child abuse material.

William Goodall was found in possession of 244 indecent images of children, 35 of which were in category A, the worst class. The 21-year-old had also downloaded 49 extreme pornographic images involving animals and was caught after police searched his home.

Goodall, of Dan’s Castle, Tow Law, Bishop Auckland, appeared at Durham Crown Court on Friday to be sentenced for making indecent images. He had pleaded guilty to the charge at a previous hearing.

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Prosecutor Jane Waugh said police went to Goodall’s home on Oct. 29, 2020, and seized mobile phones belonging to her. After police examined the devices, a total of 35 category A, 62 category B, and 147 category C images were found, along with 49 images of extreme pornography involving animals. The court heard that some of the images had been “moved” by Goodall.

Vic Laffey, defending, said that since her arrest, Goodall has chosen not to have a phone and “has no intention of buying one.” He said his arrest had a “significant impact on him.” He said, “Since the date of the offense, he seems like he has become a normal 21-year-old. He has a good job, a partner and a stable family relationship.” Mr. Laffey told the court that Goodall is now employed by a construction company and that his boss had come to court to support him. He added: “He (his boss) thinks of him enough to show up today and would have spoken on his behalf if necessary.”

In sentencing him, Judge James Adkin said a pre-sentencing report found that Goodall, who had no prior convictions, “didn’t really understand the seriousness of such images.” He said: “When you download images of abused children, you provide a market… without people like you, that market would decrease, therefore there is less harm to children.”

Judge Adkin added that there was a “measure of naivety” on Goodall’s part and said that she was going to take a “merciful course” and hand down a suspended sentence. Goodall received a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months. He must also complete a 30-day program, 120 hours of unpaid work and 15 days of rehabilitation. A seven-year sexual harm prevention order was also issued and Goodall will be on the sex offender registry for seven years.

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