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Charity helps sex abuse victims
William Goad
Some of Goad's victims were as young as eight years old
A Plymouth charity has launched a counselling service for victims of serial paedophile William Goad.

Goad, 60, was jailed for life last October after sexually abusing young boys over a 40-year period.

Devonport-based Twelve's Company is hoping to get funding from the Home Office to increase its support for Goad's victims.

Some of the victims of Goad, described as Britain's most prolific paedophile, say counselling has been a lifeline.

Why should people die because of their feelings?
Andy White

Andy White, 41, said: "I went through a point where I wanted to commit suicide.

"All your emotions come back and you have nobody there to iron them out.

"Why should people die because of their feelings?"

The charity is setting up a dedicated website and family support for Goad's victims.

Martine Cotter from the charity, said: "The one to one counselling is available now and the website should be up and running in the next two weeks."

Millionaire Goad, who ran shops and market stalls, was sentenced to life for each of 14 specimen counts of serious sex offences and three years for each of two counts of indecent assault.

Plymouth Crown Court was told he paid a 50 "finder's fee" to victims to introduce him to friends, and guaranteed the boys' silence by threatening to harm their mothers or by giving them cash.

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