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Friday, 09 November 2012 (3032468)
Rufford man who filmed children at Southport Air Show pleads guilty to 33 offences
by Guest

A LONER who secretly filmed indecent images of young children while they played also downloaded more than 1,000 pornographic images of youngsters, a court heard today.

Martin Goodyear, who was found to have a large collection of weapons and cameras and camcorders as well as childrens' clothing, was told by a judge that it was “a very worrying case.”

Liverpool Crown Court heard that Goodyear had been filming unsuspecting children while they were enjoying themselves at events, including the Southport Air Show.

Judge Brian Lewis said that while 44-year-old Goodyear accepted he had a problem with his behaviour he was not sure that he understood the harm done to the children in the downloaded photographs.

“It is obvious that any child who poses in any of these disgusting photographs is marked, is corrupted by such exposure, particularly when very young.

”That is the evil of this trade in filthy images being peddled on the internet for people like you to obtain sexual gratification from it.“

Goodyear lives with his elderly sick parents and is their full time carer and the judge said, ”Sadly probably because of your fairly solitary existence this was the only sexual activity open to you.

“I have no power to influence how you live your life, nor want it, but comment must be made that if you were able to get out more and engage in more healthy activities and even relationships I suspect these problems would evaporate over night.

”But at the moment I understand the nature of your confinement to your home because of your responsibilities.“

Judge Lewis told him that he had ”teetered on the brink of going to prison today“ but suspended a 12 month jail term for two years.

He placed him under supervision for two years with attendance on an internet sex offenders programme to help protect the public from him in future.

Goodyear, of Brick Kiln Lane, Rufford, Lancashire, was also ordered to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for ten years and an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order was imposed restricting his internet use and banning him from having a device for recording images at any organised public events.

Harry Pepper, prosecuting, said that police officers raided Goodyear's home on February 16 this year and he admitted downloading free indecent images of children from the internet.

They found numerous cameras, camcorders, mobile phones with recording facilities, computer equipment, DVDs, videos and pornographic magazines.

They also discovered childrens' clothing including two swimming costumes suitable for pre-school children and a ”huge amount“ of legal weapons including crossbows, samurai swords, axes, throwing knives, air rifles and other knives, said Mr Pepper.

After his computer equipment was analysed more than 1,000 indecent images of children were found and although the vast majority were in the least serious category there were images in all five classifications.

Goodyear pleaded guilty to 33 offences involving possessing and downloading indecent images, including four offences of possessing extreme porn.

Mr Pepper said that the footage filmed by Goodyear involved mainly female chidden under ten including shots of their underwear and he had also focussed on their breast areas.

When interviewed he admitted he looked at all the images for sexual gratification and said he accessed the internet for this purpose five or six times a week and had looked at probably 50,000 such images having ”got bored with normal porn.“

Michael Hagerty, defending, said that Goodyear ”is a lonely soul.“ He is the full time carer for his sick mother and though his father is in better health he is on dialysis for kidney failure and he looks after them round-the-clock.


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