23-year-old, who filmed himself abusing three children and attempting to rape toddler, imprisoned for 10 years
Joshua Gould of Tilbury abused three children and documented the instances over several years, storing sick videos and photographs on his computer system.
A 23-year-old from Essex was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment after he abused two children and attempted to rape a toddler. Reports state that officials also found over 1,000 indecent images on his computer.
The convict, identified as Joshua Gould, of Tilbury, abused three children and documented the instances over several years, storing sick videos and photographs on his computer system, according to the Daily Mail. Reports state that Gould was also caught with 1,300 sex abuse images, which also included pictures of sexual activity with a female dog.
Authorities were first alerted about Gould after they detected child sex images being downloaded from the Essex area on January 13, 2018.
Police eventually arrested Gould after he was found inside a property in Grays, Essex. During interrogation, he confessed to having more such clips and images on an external hard drive, mobile phone, and his laptop.
The Basildon Crown Court sentenced the pedophile for 10 years in prison on Wednesday as a relative of one of the victims cried in court that the imprisonment was "not enough."
A man who admitted possessing thousands of indecent images and videos of children, & making dozens more, has been jailed for 10 years— Essex Police (@EssexPoliceUK) January 31, 2019
More than 4,000 images & videos were found on Joshua Gould's devices, including some of him abusing children
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Judge Samantha Leigh, during the sentencing, told Gould that he was particularly dangerous because he cannot understand why he committed the crimes and continued to re-offend.
"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," the judge said. "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, in his police interview, admitted to having indecent images and insisted that his girlfriend knew nothing of his crimes. Reports state that the 23-year-old used to live with his girlfriend at the time.
Reports state that the 23-year-old while taking to officials, told them that he was "wrong in the head" and "found pleasure in the images." After officials found the images and clips, they soon realized that they were live abuse images, where the accused had filmed himself harming innocent children, with one of them just 18 months old, according to reports.
Some of the indecent material reportedly dated as far back as 2012 and showed him exposing himself during a game of "hide and seek."
The families of Joshua Gould’s victims shouted ’10 years was not enough’ from the public gallery as he was taken down at Basildon Crown Court.https://t.co/CZbYnzOfKj— Metro (@MetroUK) January 31, 2019
The attorney representing Gould, 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."
"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," Savage said referring to a letter he wrote to the authorities who were searching his house, telling them where exactly the images were stored.
"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 behavior," the attorney added.
The judge said that she found Gould dangerous because "he doesn't know why he has done what he did." The 23-year-old, along with 10 years behind bars, was also sentenced to eight years on license after his prison term for the attempted rape of a child. He was also asked to sign the sex offender register and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge.