Kidnap-bid Sheffield nurse had ‘dark side’ - Judge

Simon Goad, jailed over an attemeptd child abduction
Simon Goad, jailed over an attemeptd child abduction
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A SENIOR Sheffield nurse with a ‘dark side’ has been jailed for four years after he attempted to abduct a seven-year-old girl.

Simon Goad, aged 46, attempted to entice the youngster into his car when he pulled up on a street in Hexthorpe, Doncaster.

His terrified victim ran home to raise the alarm – and when her mum looked outside she spotted Goad loitering in an alleyway next to their home and took photographs of him to give to police.

When Goad, a nurse practitioner at the Northern General Hospital in Fir Vale, was arrested by police, officers found more than 8,000 indecent images of children on two computers.

They also found a recording of an internet ‘interaction’ he had with three Asian girls, aged about five, seven and 12, where he performed a sex act while asking them to strip.

Sarah Wright, prosecuting, said there was ‘sexual motivation’ in his attempt to abduct his young victim.

She said when he approached the girl, who was playing out in the rain, he said to her: “You look a bit wet, get in my car and I’ll take you home’.

Ms Wright said when the youngster was running home she became aware Goad had ‘followed her’.

She said when police checked Goad’s computers they found indecent images of children, some as young as four and involved in sexual activity.

Ms Wright said: “Also found was evidence of Goad interacting with young children over a webcam. This video shows the girls were encouraged by Goad to remove their clothes.”

When arrested Goad, of Riverside Court, Dinnington, claimed to have been in Hexthorpe ‘looking for scrap metal’ and it was a coincidence he happened to walk down the same alleyway as the young girl.

Gul Nawaz Hussain, for Goad, said: “This was an ‘addiction’ manifesting itself in his everyday life.

“Mercifully, the young girl does not suffer any long-term impact. I understand she is stoic and has made a full recovery.

“Goad is truly remorseful and full of shame. He had good employment and a stable family life, all of which he has thrown away.”

Sentencing, Judge Paul Watson said Goad’s offending was a ‘stain on an otherwise exemplary character’.

However, he told Goad: “There is another side to your 
character, a much darker side, which manifested itself last September when you attempted to abduct this little girl. The collection on your computers was particularly disturbing.”

“There was a particularly vile clip of your interaction with young girls you were abusing over the internet for your gratification.”

Goad admitted attempted child abduction and nine charges of possessing indecent images.

Professor Hilary Chapman, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust chief nurse and chief operating officer, said: “As soon as we were made aware of the allegations surrounding Mr Goad we immediately suspended him. He resigned from his job as soon as he was charged. His role did not involve working with children and when we were made aware of the charges he was referred to the Nursing and Midwifery Council. He has since been removed from the Nursing Register.”