18 sex videos sent to under-age girl

November 23, 2017 | By More

A 43-year-old man has admitted sending an under-age girl 18 sex videos on the Google Hangouts website.

Michael Francis Goodwin pleaded guilty to four charges at an appearance before Judge David Saunders in the Christchurch District Court yesterday.

Judge Saunders remanded him on bail for sentencing on January 25 and ordered a pre-sentence report including an assessment of his suitability for a home detention sentence.

Defence counsel Andrew Riches said Goodwin was now involved in personal therapy and a support group. He asked for bail for Goodwin so that the treatment could continue because it could have an impact on the sentence imposed.

Goodwin admitted charges of sexual conduct with a young person, indecent communication with a young person, possession of an objectionable publication, and making an objectionable publication.

Police said Goodwin committed the indecencies by approaching the teenage girl as she was in bed. He touched her breast, but she whacked his hand away when he tried to put his hand down her pyjama pants. He forced her to touch his penis.

He later contacted her online and chatted with her, saying: “I am worried we might get caught. Do you delete everything? Are you still ok with me?” He told her: “We have to keep each other safe.”

He then sent her a video showing him naked and masturbating himself. He sent her a total of 18 videos on the Google Hangouts system, which all showed him naked and masturbating.

He was aware of the victim’s age.

On October 4, a search warrant was executed at Goodwin’s home and six electronic devices were seized and sent to the police’s Digital Forensic Unit for analysis.

His mobile phone indicated he had been searching for and viewing objectionable material including themes of bestiality, incest, teenagers, and masturbation.

They found an image, which was likely taken on his tablet, which showed him naked holding his penis in one hand and also showed a mobile phone showing an image of a naked young girl.

A video showing the victim naked, touching herself, was found on his tablet. Goodwin had encouraged the girl to make and send the video to him.

When interviewed by the police, Goodwin admitted communicating with the girl and sending her naked videos and pictures of himself masturbating. He denied the indecency offending but admitted he may have touched her inappropriately.

The police want the court’s permission to wipe the objectionable material and destroy the devices that contained it, and they have also reminded the court that if Goodwin is not jailed he can still be registered on the Child Sex Offender Register.

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