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Man posed as immigration officer and forced woman to have sex with him jailed for 12 years

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A 55-year-old man who blackmailed Thai women, forcing one of them to have sex with him has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Thomas Goddard, formerly of Waverley Street in Nottingham, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court today (Friday 1 February 2019) following a five-day trial in December.

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Goddard, was arrested in January this year after a woman, reported that she was being blackmailed by an immigration officer.

The police investigation found that in November last year, Goddard had been to visit the women, under the demise of an immigration officer. He showed some identification on his phone before intimidating them and demanding one of them had sex with him whilst the other watched. Being fearful of his position, they complied but managed to discretely take a photo of him.

Thomas Goddard

He was taken into custody two months later after the officer in the case spotted a man matching the description of the offender in Nottingham city centre. He was smartly dressed and carrying an empty official looking hold-all. Officers found that he’d just been visiting a house occupied by a Thai woman.

On the first day of the trial, Goddard pleaded guilty to blackmail but maintained his not guilty pleas against two counts of rape. He was, however, he convicted by the jury after the trial.

Detective Constable Steven Fenyn said: “Goddard is a calculated, sexually motivated individual who preyed on vulnerable Thai women pretending to be a man of authority. We are glad that the women were brave enough to tell us what had happened and that he has now been locked up for his crimes.”

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