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19 November 2013, 12:01
A man from Oxford has been sentenced to five years in jail after being convicted of child sexual offences.
69 year old Keith Godfrey from St Nicholas Park in Old Marston was sentenced on Thursday 14th November at Oxford Crown Court.
He pleaded guilty at an earlier court hearing to offences including five counts of making indecent images of children and nine counts of distributing indecent images of children.
The abuse came to light when an image was recovered from a computer belonging to Keith Godfrey.
Godfrey was sentenced to nine months' imprisonment for each of the five offences of making indecent images of children to run concurrently. He was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment to run concurrently in relation to the distribution of indecent images of children.
He was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for another child sexual offence, which will run consecutively to the other prison sentences.
Following the sentencing, Detective Constable Simon Beaton,of the Paedophile Online Investigation Team, said: “This investigation focussed on the activities of Keith Godfrey, an individual who abused a child and chatted openly with other internet users about his sexual interest in children. He accessed, stored and shared a large amount of indecent images of children.
“Travelling away from the UK to commit sexual offences against children will not prevent the police from pursuing paedophiles. These acts and images of these acts are abhorrent in nature and Thames Valley Police is committed to protecting our communities from people who act in this way.”