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Christopher Goble
11/12/19

The Reverend Christopher Goble, a priest in the Diocese of Coventry, has today been given a custodial sentence of 20 months at Warwick Crown Court.

A spokesperson for the diocese said:

"We confirm with sorrow and regret that a priest in this Diocese has today been sentenced for offences relating to the possession of indecent images of children.   Some of the images were deemed to be within the most serious category.

We acknowledge how difficult and distressing this has been for so many people.

The Diocese of Coventry remains committed to doing everything possible to ensure the wellbeing of children, young people and adults who look to us for respect and care.   We urge anyone with relevant information to contact Warwickshire Police or our Diocesan Safeguarding Team (02476 521345)."

October statement

Christopher Goble pleaded guilty to these offences in October.  At the time, a spokesperson for the diocese issued the following statement:

"On Thursday 31 October, Christopher Goble appeared at Warwick Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to offences relating to the downloading and making of indecent images of children. Some were deemed to be of the most serious category.

Christopher Goble was charged with the offences following his arrest on 1 October. He was suspended from ministry with immediate effect.

We offer an unreserved apology to all those affected by these crimes, acknowledging how difficult and distressing it is.

The Diocese of Coventry takes any allegations of criminal activity very seriously, and is committed to being a safer place for all – but we can never be complacent. We urge anyone with relevant information to contact Warwickshire Police or our Diocesan Safeguarding Team (024 7652 1345)."

National helplines

Individuals who wish to come forward with information, or make any disclosures regarding church-related abuse, are encouraged to make direct contact with our Diocesan Safeguarding Team on 024 7652 1345.

However, recognising that this may not feel safe for those with a lived experience of abuse from within the church, a dedicated independent helpline has also been set up.  This dedicated helpline is operated by the NSPCC - 0800 80 20 20.

The following national helplines are also available:

  • NSPCC – 0808 800 5000                                                   
  • Childline – 0800 1111
  • Stop it Now – 0808 1000 900
  • NAPAC (National Association for People Abused in Childhood) – 0808 801 0331
  • Samaritans – 116 123
  • Family Lives – 0808 800 2222
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline – 0808 2000 247
  • Action on Elder Abuse – 0808 808 8141