Pervert attempted to rape an 18-month-old baby while filming the abuse
A 23-year-old attempted to rape an 18-month-old baby while filming the abuse and hoarded more than 1,000 indecent images of children and even a dog involved in sexual activity.
Joshua Gould abused three children in total and documented the abuse over a number of years.
Gould was also 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 for his crimes, with family members of the victims shouting from the public gallery.
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.
Police officers arrived 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 this morning, (Wednesday, January 30). He pleaded guilty to eight charges before him.
Judge Samantha Leigh, who sentenced Gould, had first seen 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.”
Joshua Gould’s full charges
– Count one: attempted to rape a child under the age of 13
– Count two: assault a girl under the age of 13 by touching
– Count three: assault a girl under the age of 13 by touching
– Count five: Same as above
– Count five: Same as above
– Count six: taking indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of a child,
– On June 9, 2012 – one category A, six category B moving images of two of the victims and one category C moving image with 14 still images of two of the defendants.
– Count Seven: Same as above
– Count Eight: possessing pornographic images of intercourse with a dead or alive animal