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Child sex offender jailed following a BTP investigation – London

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A 48-year-old man who filmed up the skirt of a child and possessed multiple indecent images of children, has today been jailed for four and a half years. 

Philip Goodwin, of Swakeleys Drive, Hillingdon attended Blackfriars Crown Court today for sentencing after he pleaded guilty to multiple charges. 

The investigation into Goodwin first commenced in October 2016 when officers were called to Moorgate London Underground station. This followed reports that he had been seen to film up a 14-year-old girl’s skirt as she walked up a set of stairs at the station.  

The member of public alerted station staff and British Transport Police commenced an investigation. Goodwin was identified, arrested and was brought to police custody for interview. 

During interviews, he made frank admissions that he had in his possession multiple indecent images of children and further images and videos of him filming up women and schoolgirls skirts. The footage was mostly taken in public places, mainly on trains and on the London Underground network. Goodwin’s property was seized and forensically examined.   

Following this he was charged with two counts of outraging public decency, one count of voyeurism and ten counts of possessing or making indecent images of children. He was remanded in custody. 

Investigating officer DC Andrew Parkinson, said: “Goodwin is a predatory offender who will now spend the next four and a half years behind bars for his actions. Whilst he was travelling to work one morning, he spotted his victim, a young girl in school uniform, and targeted her. He attempted to take a photo up her skirt near a staircase; however his behaviour was spotted by a vigilant commuter. 

“Because of this vigilance, officers were then able to trace Goodwin and expose his stash of indecent images. I welcome today’s sentence as it has taken a child sex offender off the streets - I hope this jail sentence brings a level of comfort to his victims.  

“This result clearly identifies how important it is to report behaviour such as this. This member of the public spotted a man who she thought was acting suspiciously and reported him and in doing so she has helped us bring a paedophile to justice. If you are ever a victim or a witness to a sexual assault, I would encourage you to report it to us. Just texting the details to 61016 you can start us build a picture of a perpetrator. Ultimately, this small step could help us catch a criminal.”  

Goodwin has also been placed on the Sex Offenders Register and a lifetime Sexual Harm Prevention Order has been imposed.

Siwan Hayward, TfL’s Head of Transport Policing, said: “This case shows how much every report of unwanted sexual behaviour on London’s public transport matters and helps police build a picture, so they can catch sex offenders like Goodwin and sentence them for their disgusting crimes. We do not tolerate unwanted sexual behaviour and I commend the woman who came forward to report what she saw. Sexual offending has no place on our network and offenders will be identified and brought to justice."

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