January 2006


A BARNTON man who admitted 20 charges relating to child pornography 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.