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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Local Man Pleads Guilty to Attempted Enticement of a Minor and Federal Child Pornography Charges

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – William M. Goode, 48, of Crestview, Florida, pled guilty today to attempting to entice a minor for sex and receipt of child pornography.  The plea was announced today by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

During his plea, Goode admitted to posting an online advertisement to solicit sex with a minor, which an undercover law enforcement officer answered in November 2014.  Goode’s online communications with the undercover officer were an attempt to entice sexual activity with the undercover officer’s purported 12-year-old daughter.  Goode arranged to meet the undercover officer in Pensacola but was taken into custody after traveling more than 50 miles for the sexual encounter.  A subsequent forensic review of Goode’s digital media revealed several dozen images of child pornography and numerous online communications with people who offered to allow Goode to engage in sexual acts with minors.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 19, 2015, before Chief United States District Judge M. Casey Rodgers at the United States Courthouse in Pensacola, Florida.  Goode faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and maximums of life in prison, life on supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

United States Attorney Marsh praised the work of Homeland Security Investigations, the Pensacola Police Department, and the other agencies that are part of the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, whose joint investigation led to the charges in this case.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David L. Goldberg.

The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Florida is one of 94 offices that serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General.  The office strives to protect and serve the citizens of the Northern District of Florida through the ethical, vigorous, and impartial enforcement of the laws of the United States, to defend the national security, to improve the safety and quality of life in our communities through the protection of civil rights, and to protect the public funds and financial assets of the United States.  To access public court documents online, please visit the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida website.  For more information about the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Florida, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/fln/index.html.

For more information, contact:
Amy Alexander, Public Information Officer
(850) 216-3854, amy.alexander@usdoj.gov

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated October 13, 2015