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Texas Man Sentenced for Attempted Transportation of a Minor for Criminal Sexual Activity

May 9, 2012

BISMARCK - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on May 9, 2012, Rodney Goodwin, 47, of Dallas, Texas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland for a charge of attempted transportation of a minor for criminal sexual activity. Goodwin was found guilty by a federal jury on
February 9, 2012.

Judge Hovland sentenced Goodwin to 10 years and one month in federal prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release. Goodwin must pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund and was ordered to register as a sex offender.

From June to October 2010 Goodwin contacted a girl in North Dakota by text and chat, using Mbuzzy, a popular online social network, and by direct telephone communications. The chats indicated Goodwin knew the girl was under 18 years of age. In October 2010 Goodwin devised a plan for the girl to run away from home and purchase a bus ticket so she could travel to Texas to meet Goodwin. The communications also indicated that once the girl arrived in Texas Goodwin intended to engage in criminal sexual activity with her. The girl ran away, but she was unable to arrange for Goodwin to transfer to her the money
needed for her to travel to Texas, and eventually she returned home.

The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Districts of North Dakota and Texas, the Morton County Sheriff’s Office and the Dallas Police Department’s Child Exploitation Unit.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Delorme prosecuted the case.





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