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FOUND GUILTY: St Albans paedophile paid for abuse of children in Philippines and Romania

 Published on: 21st April 2022   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A St Albans man has been convicted of paying for and directing the sexual abuse of children in the Philippines and Romania.

Eamon Goodfellow, 50, from St Albans, was arrested by National Crime Agency officers on June 14, 2018, and all of his electronic devices were seized for analysis.

Several chat logs were recovered which showed Goodfellow discussing the abuse of children with facilitators, one of whom was based in the Philippines and the other in Romania.

In the chats, Goodfellow was shown to be actively seeking children under 13-years-old. When a child at the right age was identified, he would direct the facilitators to perform certain sexual acts on the children with a view to live-streaming the offending.

Evidence showed that he sent payment to the facilitators to carry out the abuse.

He was found guilty of two counts of attempting to cause the sexual exploitation of a child under 13 at St Albans Crown Court on April 12 following a six day trial.
He will be sentenced at the same court on May 31.

Martin Ludlow from the National Crime Agency said: “Goodfellow made it very clear that he has sexual interest in young children in these chat logs.

“He attempted to arrange for the most horrific abuse of vulnerable children thousands of miles away from him for his own gratification.

“He was helped by facilitators whose motive is to make money. This kind of financially-driven offending is a key threat to the UK.

Photo Credit: National Crime Agency

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