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Saint Paul Psychiatrist Arrested And Charged With Receipt Of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Minnesota

United States Attorney Gregory G. Brooker today announced a criminal complaint charging AVIEL LI GOODMAN, 62, a licensed psychiatrist, with receipt of child pornography. GOODMAN made his initial appearance today before Magistrate Judge Menendez in United States District Court in Minneapolis, Minn.

According to the complaint and documents filed in court, on multiple occasions between March 1, 2015, and August 27, 2017, undercover agents downloaded numerous image and video files depicting child pornography from IP addresses connected to GOODMAN’S Saint Paul, Minn. residence. On January 17, 2018, upon execution of a search warrant on GOODMAN’S residence, law enforcement seized a computer containing hundreds of image files and multiple video files of suspected child pornography. The images and videos were submitted to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) for analysis and victim identification.

If you know of any child who may have been a victim of exploitation, please call the National Center for Missing or Exploited Children (NCMEC) at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or visit NCMEC’s web site at

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Katharine T. Buzicky and Carol M. Kayser.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit


Defendant Information:                                                                                                                     


Saint Paul, Minn.


  • Receipt of child pornography, 1 count

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The charges contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated February 21, 2018

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