Essex: Deputy headteacher Martin Goldberg found dead in his home had secretly filmed children undressing


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A deputy headteacher was found dead in his home the day after police spoke to him about allegations he had paid for images online of naked teenage boys.

Officers from Essex Police visited Martin Goldberg in his Shoeburyness home on September 9 as part of its investigation into the images, from overseas, but considered there was insufficient evidence to charge him.

They returned the following day after concerns were raised for the welfare of Mr Goldberg, 46, and found him dead at his home where he lived alone.

Essex Police continued its investigation and examined computers and other devices owned by Mr Goldberg, deputy headteacher at Thorpe Hall School, Southend.

Detectives recovered a total of 578 images which appear to have come from a camera hidden a bag which filmed children undressing in four different locations, including at least one public place.

Four children have been identified and their parents informed, while in the other pictures either faces are not visible or the image quality is so poor the victims are unidentifiable.

Detectives believe the images were taken from 2000 onwards.

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They have stressed there is no evidence of any other crimes involving the children, such as inappropriate physical contact, or that the images were shared with others.

Essex Police has also said the school has co-operated fully in the investigation and there is no suggestion anyone else was involved.

Mr Goldberg’s death is not being treated as suspicious and the matter has been passed to the coroner.

A special hotline has been set up for people who may be affected, or if they have information which could assist the investigation.

The force is working with Southend Borough Council, Essex County Council and others to support those who may have been affected.

They can call Essex Police on 0800 056 0944, or +44 207 158 0010 if they are outside of the UK.

Essex Police are reminding the public not to communicate any details which could identify potential victims, as victims are granted lifelong anonymity under the Sex Offences Act.