A comic who was a fixture in a Cheshire city has been unmasked as a paedophile who paid for susceptible children to be sexually abused within the Philippines and Romania. Eamon Goodfellow – as soon as successful on the Edinburgh Fringe – sourced victims aged underneath 13 by fixers.
Police uncovered sick chat logs by which the 50-year-old mentioned live-streaming intercourse acts being carried out on kids. Detectives from the Nationwide Crime Company discovered proof that he despatched funds for abuse to be carried out.
Goodfellow, from Northern Eire, ran comedy nights in Nantwich and appeared within the city’s theatre. He was convicted following a trial and will likely be sentenced later this month.
He ran a collection of comedy reveals known as ‘Hits and Giggles’ at 34 Pepper Avenue Café in Nantwich, Cheshire, throughout 2018 and 2019. He was additionally a member of the Nantwich Gamers theatre group and appeared as a lawyer within the crime drama ‘Tough Justice’, CheshireLive has revealed.
Goodfellow, who was residing in Hertfordshire, was first arrested in June 2018. Regardless of the arrest, he continued to crack gags on paedophilia, incest and pornography earlier than his case got here to courtroom this month.
In clips on-line, he jokes about one other younger comic being too ugly for ‘child-molesting Moors murderers’ Myra Hindley and Ian Brady. Goodfellow, who has since deleted his Twitter and TikTok accounts, appeared on display screen as fellow comics joke about paedophilia throughout one Zoom present, The Mirror stories.
In one other clip he made a joke about Goldilocks being in a prepare bathroom with one of many three bears. He was a runner-up within the 2019 New Act of the 12 months at The Hackney Empire in London with a routine that included a gag a few intercourse act.
Prince Andrew was the butt of certainly one of his jokes. Goodfellow took his reveals ‘Humour Trafficking’ and ‘For He’s a Jolly Goodfellow’ to the Edinburgh Fringe.
He was arrested by Nationwide Crime Company officers on 14 June 2018 and all of his digital units had been seized for evaluation. A lot of on-line chat logs had been recovered which confirmed Goodfellow discussing the abuse of youngsters with facilitators, one within the Philippines and the opposite in Romania.
When a baby on the proper age was recognized, he would direct the facilitators to carry out sexual acts on the kids with a view to live-streaming the offending.
Apart from comedy, he labored for Nationwide Lottery agency Camelot, which mentioned it acted swiftly when he was revealed as a paedophile. A Camelot spokesman mentioned: “We were unaware of the charges until the conviction this month. We immediately suspended the employee and the matter is subject to Camelot’s internal disciplinary process.
“We are mindful of our employment law obligations and will pursue the strongest possible action.”
Martin Ludlow, from the NCA, mentioned: “Goodfellow made it very clear that he has sexual curiosity in younger kids in these chat logs.
“He tried to rearrange for essentially the most horrific abuse of susceptible kids hundreds of miles away from him for his personal gratification.
“He was helped by facilitators whose motive is to make money. This kind of financially driven offending is a key threat to the UK.”
Goodfellow was discovered responsible at St Albans Crown Court docket, Beds, of two counts of trying to trigger the sexual exploitation of a kid underneath 13 following a six-day trial. He will likely be sentenced on Could 31.
34 Pepper Avenue Cafe and Nantwich City Council had been contacted by CheshireLive concerning Goodfellow’s appearances within the city, however neither had any remark to make.