A man has been sentenced to six years in prison for sex offences involving children and attempting to meet a child.
Barry Gooderham, formerly of Hawks Hill, North Weald, was sentenced to six years at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday, May 12, after admitting three counts of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and one count of attempting to meet a girl under 16 years old following sexual grooming.
Gooderham, 52, also received prison sentences, to run concurrently, for five counts of distributing indecent images of children and nine counts of making indecent images of children.
Officers from Essex Police’s Online Investigation Team (POLIT) arrested Gooderham on December 1, 2015.
They found hundreds of chat logs with children and incident images dating back to January 2014 on electronic devices seized from his home.
Gooderham pleaded guilty to all the offences at Chelmsford Crown Court on Wednesday, April 12.
Investigating officer Dc Nick Riley said: “Following a long and thorough investigation Gooderham has been sent to prison for his sickening crimes.
“Gooderham used social media sites to target children across the country online, some as young as eight. He then preyed on their vulnerability, groomed them and attempted to entice them to engage in sexual activity.
“This case is another example of the dangers posed to children online. I would encourage carers, parents and other guardians to be extremely vigilant about what access their children have online and the risks posed from predators like Gooderham.”
For further advice on keeping your children safe online, visit Essex Police’s website or www.ceop.police.uk/safetycentre/ and www.thinkuknow.co.uk.