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Friday, July 20, 2018

Saint Paul Psychiatrist Pleads Guilty To Receipt Of Child Pornography

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the guilty plea of AVIEL LI GOODMAN, 62, to one count of receipt of child pornography. GOODMAN, who was initially charged on February 20, 2018, pleaded guilty earlier today before U.S. District Judge Joan N. Ericksen in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, on multiple occasions between March 1, 2015, and August 27, 2017, undercover law enforcement agents downloaded numerous image and video files depicting child pornography from IP addresses connected to GOODMAN’S Saint Paul residence. On January 17, 2018, upon execution of a search warrant on GOODMAN’S residence, law enforcement agents seized a computer containing more than 20,000 child pornography files.

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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Updated July 20, 2018