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Web counselling urged for inmates
William Goad
Some of Goad's victims were as young as eight years old
Victims of Plymouth paedophile William Goad who are in jail could be helped by counselling over the internet.

Operation Emotion (OE), set up to support Goad survivors, is writing to prison governors, asking them to allow victims access to its website.

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

Most of Goad's victims have criminal records and OE hopes that counselling could stop them reoffending.

Expansion hope

Sam Swabey, a member of the OE steering group, said: "We are certain that people are still offending because of what Goad did to them.

"We are trying to offer some sort of support, even from a prison cell."

The group, which is supported with government funding from the Devonport-based community regeneration group Twelve's Company, also wants to expand its services to other victims of sexual abuse.

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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