July 2016

Child abuser caught after manhunt admits string of sex offences

A Teesside man has admitted a string of sex offences with children.

Ian Goodwin, 47, entered guilty pleas to a total of 12 offences during a brief hearing before Judge Sean Morris at Teesside Crown Court.

Each involves sexual activity with two young boys in Eston between September 2014 and January 2015.

He admitted four counts of rape with a children under the age of 13, five counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, two counts of sexual assault, one count of voyeurism and one count of making indecent images of children.

He denied another sexual assault charge which will lie on the court file.

A manhunt was launched by police last month to find Goodwin, after he failed to answer bail.

A photograph of Goodwin was circulated to all police forces throughout the UK and he was arrested in North Yorkshire.

The case was adjourned, for a background report on the defendant to be prepared.

Goodwin, of no fixed address, will be sentenced at the court on August 12.

He was remanded in custody until then.