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Saturday, Aug 31, 2002
Defendant/Suspect: Anthony Goodridge
A police constable who worked on the investigation into the murders of schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman was sentenced to six months in jail after he admitted child pornography offences.
Anthony Goodridge, 34, of Ely, Cambridgeshire, admitted possessing more than 300 indecent images of girls, some of whom were aged as young as four.
The images included film of adults having sex with children. Two contained film classed as "sadism or bestiality", Ipswich crown court heard.
Judge John Devaux was told Goodridge, who is married with sons aged six and 14 months, had "heaped shame on himself, his family and the police".
Goodridge, who worked for Cambridgeshire police for more than eight years, was an exhibits officer during the investigation into the murders of Holly and Jessica, both 10, last year. He was dismissed from the force earlier this month.
Andrew Campbell-Tiech, prosecuting, told the court that in 1999 police had begun an investigation into a US internet firm called Landslide Productions.
The company provided access to pornographic images of children to credit card subscribers. Goodridge's details were found in the company's record and he was one of thousands of people arrested around the world.
In mitigation, Maria Dineen told the court: "[Anthony Goodridge] admits that he is in desperate need of help. He has become known in the tabloids as no more than the 'Soham child porn cop'."
The judge ordered Goodridge to serve three months of the sentence, with the remaining three months suspended.