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District of Rhode Island

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 22, 2019

Warwick Man Sentenced to 260 Years in Federal Prison for Producing and Possessing Child Pornography

PROVIDENCE, RI – A Warwick man who admitted to producing child pornography involving prepubescent children on multiple occasions over more than ten years was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Providence to 260 years in federal prison, announced United States Attorney Aaron L. Weisman, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police Colonel James M. Manni, Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Peter C. Fitzhugh, and North Kingstown Police Chief Patrick Flanagan.

Thomas Goodman, 45, was arrested by detectives from the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force on May 17, 2018, after Electric Boat Security confiscated Goodman’s cell phone when he violated company policy by using the cell phone on Electric Boat property. While conducting a search of the phone, Electric Boat Security discovered a vast quantity of child pornography. The phone was turned over to a North Kingstown Police Department Detective who confirmed that the phone contained child pornography.

According to information presented to the Court, a subsequent investigation by members of the ICAC Task Force, including a court-authorized search of Goodman’s residence, a forensic examination of his electronic devices, and interviews with the defendant, determined that Goodman possessed approximately 7,800 images and 370 videos of child pornography. ICAC Detectives determined that at least 62 of the videos and 135 of the images of child pornography involved prepubescent minors, and that they were created by Goodman between September 2007 and February 2018.

In interviews with law enforcement, Goodman also admitted to having had sexual contact with at least three prepubescent females.

Goodman, who has been detained since his arrest on May 17, 2018, pled guilty on October 11, 2018, to eight counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

At sentencing today, U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr., sentenced Goodman to 260 years in federal prison. Goodman was also ordered to pay a mandatory assessment of $5,000 on each of the nine counts he pled guilty to as provided for in the Justice for Victims Trafficking Act.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lee H. Vilker.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
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Contact: 
Jim Martin (401) 709-5357
Press Release Number: 
19-28
Updated March 23, 2019