SPRINGFIELD MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ATTEMPTED SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 2011
Public Affairs Officer
COLUMBUS – James M. Goodman, 44, of Springfield pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of attempted sexual exploitation of children for using the Internet to try and arrange to take sexually explicit photographs of young girls.
Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott, Brian Moskowitz, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Ohio and Michigan, and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the plea entered yesterday before U.S. District Judge Gregory L. Frost.
According to a statement read by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Hunter during the hearing, Goodman posted an ad on an Internet website in April 2010 seeking models for a photo shoot. Goodman used language commonly associated with child pornography.
An undercover investigator with the Franklin County ICAC Task Force patrolling the Internet responded to the ad posing as a foster father of two young girls. After corresponding for several weeks, they agreed to meet at a restaurant west of Columbus.
When Goodman arrived for the meeting, task force officers arrested him. They searched his Springfield residence and found more than 100 images of child pornography on his desktop and laptop computers. Goodman has been in custody since his arrest.
Attempted sexual exploitation of children is punishable by at least 15 years and up to 30 years imprisonment. He can also be sentenced to be under court supervision for at least five years and up to the rest of his life. While under supervised release, Goodman must permit the installation of appropriate monitoring software, upon any computer that he owns, uses, or has access to that is connected to the Internet. He will also be required to register as a sex offender anywhere that he lives, works or goes to school.
Judge Frost will set a date for sentencing.
Stewart commended the investigation by the Franklin County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Hunter, and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily Pelphrey with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Office, who are prosecuting the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.