Joshua Gould, 23, attempted to rape an 18-month-old baby while filming the abuse and hoarded more than 1,000 indecent images
A man attempted to rape an 18-month-old baby while filming the abuse, a court has heard.
Joshua Gould, 23, from Essex, abused three children and documented the abuse over a number of years.
Gould was caught with 1,300 sick images of children being abused and 52 extreme pornographic images which involved a female dog, on an external hardrive.
He appeared at Basildon Crown Court to be sentenced after pleading guilty to eight charges, reports Essex Live.
As he was jailed for a decade – with another eight years to be served on license – one person exclaimed that “ten years was not enough” for the convicted sex offender, as he was taken down from the dock.
His charges include: one count of attempted to rape a child under the age of 13, four counts of assaulting assault a girl under the age of 13 by touching, two counts of taking indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of a child and one count of possessing pornographic images of intercourse with a dead or alive animal.
Gould was snared by police officers at an address on Seabrooke Rise, Grays, on January 13 last year.
When they stormed in, Gould was arrested and detained in the car park whilst officers searched the property. Essex Police raided the property as the IP address was shown to have been uploading indecent images of children.
Gould admitted in a police interview the possession of the indecent images and was adamant his girlfriend, who he lived with at the time, knew nothing whatsoever of his shameful crimes.
He told officers he was “wrong in the head” and “found pleasure in the images”.
Afterwards, he wrote a letter to the police officer investigating him and explained what they would find on his devices, which included a mobile phone, a laptop and an external hardrive.
Officers soon realised that the indecent material contained live abuse images – where the defendant had filmed himself harming innocent children, one aged just 18 months.
Some of the material was dated as far back as 2012 and showed him exposing himself during a game of ‘hide and seek’.
When he was interviewed again, he refused to answer questions asked by police and instead wrote down a name of the child he had abused. The police needed to identify the toddlers that were harmed by Gould and in doing so, their parents had to identify them through the indecent material.
Police found more than a thousand indecent images on Gould’s devices, including 240 moving and 62 still images of the most serious category A, 200 moving and 73 still images of category B, and 19 moving and 750 still images of category C. Officers also discovered 52 extreme pornographic images involving animals and oral sex or sexual intercourse with an adult female dog.
In some of the sick material, some of the young male and female children being abused were as young as three-months-old.
Gould looked down when he stood at Basildon Crown Court’s dock on Wednesday, January 30. He pleaded guilty to eight charges before him.
Representing him, Mark Savage said: “The defendant had been committing these crimes for a number of years. He is still a young man and he would have been a young teenager when he began offending in this way.
“The actions have carried on to adult life and I don’t underestimate their impact.”
He added: “From the moment he was arrested he did not seek to undermine his culpability, he contacted the police, he wrote to the police, and he wasn’t represented initially. In fact, he explained to the police ‘this is what you will find on my equipment’.
“He cannot explain why he has offended in this way, he made full admissions, and he said he ‘was not right in the head’, he was disgusted by his behaviour.”
The judge replied with, “that’s why he is dangerous in my view” when Gould’s counsel said “he doesn’t know why he has done what he did”.
Mr Savage continued: “He said, very clearly, ‘there is something wrong with my thinking,’ he loathes himself for what he has done.”
The counsel then told the court that the children involved were also ‘too young to be fully aware of what had happened’ to them.
Judge Samantha Leigh, who sentenced Gould, first saw the case when it came before her with only charges relating to the possession of indecent images.
Judge Leigh then believed the images contained live abuse and sent the case to be reviewed and to allow a full and proper investigation.
She told Gould in the dock: “Parents had to identify their children from the photographs, which of course makes it worse in their mind.
“They have now seen a very small part of what you did to their daughters. This has been going on for a number of years, and you said you were an opportunist, but that’s not what I have from some of the footage and from the span of time.”
Gould, who resides at Stevenson Avenue, Tilbury, was sentenced to a total of ten years behind bars with eight years on licence thereafter, for the attempted rape of a child.
He was given three years in prison for three counts of assaulting a girl under the age of 13 by touching. Gould was then handed a three-year sentence for one count of taking indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of a child, and nine months for another count of the same indictment charge.
The defendant was also sentenced to three months in prison for one count of possessing pornographic images of intercourse with a dead or alive animal.
All of his sentences were ordered to run concurrently, at the same time, meaning Gould will spend 10 years in prison, following by eight years on licence. As he pleaded guilty, he will have to spend at least two thirds of the sentence in jail before he can be considered for parole.
Gould was subject to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), ordered to pay a victim surcharge and to sign the sex offender register.
After the judge handed the defendant his sentence and asked for him to be taken away, a person from the public gallery shouted in anger.
They said the sentence was ‘not enough’ and hurled curses in the direction of Gould before he was removed by a security officer in the courtroom.
With many thanks to the: Daily Mirror for the original story