Vicar pleads guilty to making over 400 indecent images of children

|News, Sexual offences

A Warwickshire vicar has pleaded guilty today (31 October) to downloading over 400 indecent images of children.

Christopher Goble, 44, from Ilmington, appeared at Warwick Crown Court today, where he admitted the offences. 112 of the images were deemed to be of the most serious category (Category A).

The indecent photographs of children were found in a hidden gallery on his mobile phone. Police had executed a warrant to search his house on 1 Oct 2019.

A chat message was also discovered on his phone in which Goble admitted having a sexual interest in children.

Today, the defendant pleaded guilty and the case has been adjourned for sentencing until week of 9 December 2019.

Andrew Crump of CPS West Midlands said: “Christopher Goble is a vicar, who in his position of authority, should have been safeguarding children.

“This case sends a clear message that viewing indecent images of children is a crime and the Crown Prosecution Service will prosecute those who commit these offences.”

Notes to editors

  • Andrew Crump is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS West Midlands
  • Christopher Goble (12 May 1975) pleaded guilty to making indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child and making indecent images of children, contrary to section (a) of the Protection of Children Act 1978
  • Indecent and prohibited images of children fall into three categories:
    • Category A - Images involving penetrative sexual activity, sexual activity with an animal or sadism
    • Category B - Images involving non-penetrative sexual activity
    • Category C - Indecent images not falling within categories A or B.

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