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Former priest found guilty of sexual abuse

David Goodstadt outside Peterborough Crown Court

David Goodstadt outside Peterborough Crown Court

  • by Stephen Briggs
 

A former priest and teacher is facing a lengthy prison sentence after being convicted of historical sexual abuse against three young girls.

David Goodstadt was found guilty of rape and a number of other offences by a jury at Peterborough Crown Court on Friday.

Goodstadt (45), who used to live in Gartree in the Harborough district, had been on bail during the week-long trial and was remanded into custody by Judge Sean Enright.

He will be sentenced at the same court in April after reports have been written about Goodstadt and his offending.

The court was told the offences dated back a number of years, and the victims aged from seven to 16.

The former religious education teacher at John Mansfield School and Thomas Deacon Academy in Peterborough, was found guilty of two counts of indecent assault and one count of attempted rape on his first victim.

He was convicted of two counts of indecent assault, once count of indecency with a child and one count of rape on his second victim, and one count of indecent assault on his final victim.

He was found not guilty of one count of attempted rape on the first girl, and one count of rape and one of indecent assault on the second victim.

The judge ordered one count of rape and one count of indecent assault on Goodstadt’s second victim, and one count of indecent assault on his third victim to lie on the court file.

No formal verdict was given on these charges after the jury, made up of eight women and four men had returned with their other decisions.

Goodstadt, who now lives in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, denied all the charges and said his victims had made up the allegations.

The court was told he left the priesthood a number of years ago to become a teacher.

But opening the case, Charles Falk, prosecuting said the girls had been afraid to tell police about what had happened.

However, the victims eventually came forward to police last year, and Goodstadt, who was on bail until the verdicts came in, was arrested.

The victims cannot be identified for legal reasons.

 
 
 

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