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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Baldwin Man Sentenced to Over 17 Years in Federal Prison for Taking Sexually Explicit Photos of His Friends’ Children

Took Photos of a Young Boy While Staying at the Family’s Home

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis sentenced Raymond Mykale Goodridge, age 21, of Baldwin, Maryland, today to 210 months in prison, followed by 25 years of supervised release, for production of child pornography in connection with images and videos he made of two minor boys, both engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  Judge Garbis also ordered that upon his release from prison Goodridge must register as a sex offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Kevin Perkins of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler; Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department; Harford County State’s Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly; and Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger.

According to his plea agreement, Goodridge was friends with the mother of a prepubescent boy.   Goodridge spent time alone with the boy, spending the night at the boy’s home in Dundalk, Maryland.  The boy also spent the night at Goodridge’s home. In May 2014, when Goodridge was alone with the boy at the boy’s house, Goodridge used his cell phone to produce four photos which depict the boy partially naked.  The photos focused on the boy’s genitals.

Goodridge was also friends with the mother of a 13 year old boy, who lived in Harford County.  Goodridge and the 13 year old boy spent time together alone.  In May 2014, Goodridge used a camera phone to surreptitiously take a video of the boy, intending to capture images of the boy engaging in sexually explicit conduct.  The video captured the boy changing clothes and in various states of undress, included fully naked, and his genitals. 

In February 2015, law enforcement seized digital devices belonging to Goodridge from his former residence, including a laptop and hard drive, which contained more than 600 images and videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  Numerous files portrayed prepubescent children engaged in sex acts with adults.  The hard drive also contained the images and videos Goodridge produced of the two boys.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.  For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.justice.gov/psc and click on the "resources" tab on the left of the page.              

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI, Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Baltimore County Police Department, and the Harford County and Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Offices for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul E. Budlow, who prosecuted the case.

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Updated June 23, 2016