July 2016

Jail for man who sexually abused vulnerable boy found in his hotel room


A man from Shepherd’s Bush has been jailed for 11 years sex crimes committed against a vulnerable boy in the West Midlands.

Michael Godbold was one of 10 men sentenced on Wednesday (July 6) for committing historical sexual offences against two boys who were both sexually exploited in their teens.

The victims were left traumatised by their ordeal. One was aged 15 at the time of the offences in 2002 and 2003, while the second was between 14 and 15 at the time of the offences in 2009 and 2010.

Godbold, from Uxbridge Road, and his co-defendants Tahir Hussain, Stephen Kelly, Kevan Tudor, Peter Joynes, Ronald Potter, Ian Prestleton, Allan Priest, Ashley Sherrington and Robert Bailey were convicted following a 12-week trial in May. Two men were found not guilty.

On August 18 2010, Godbold was found in a Birmingham hotel room with one of the victims, who had been staying in secure accommodation and receiving counselling from Barnardo’s after previously running away from care and claiming to be sexually abused.

A third party made allegations that Godbold had previously sexually assaulted the boy and taken indecent images of him.

Godbold was arrested in November 2010 in relation to these allegations, which he fully denied and no further action was taken by the police in respect of this matter.

As the police investigation continued and further arrests were made, 58-year-old Godbold, was rearrested for the August 2010 sexual abuse allegations.

Police later identified a further victim of Potter’s, a 15-year-old homeless and vulnerable boy who was sexually in 2002 and 2003 and abused and passed to other men.

Godbold received his 11-year sentence for arranging or facilitating child prostitution, engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, penetrative sexual activity with a child, making indecent images of a child and four counts of possessing a controlled drug.