A Rhode Island pedophile apparently wasn’t prepared for his punishment after exploiting and molesting young girls. The man fainted when a judge sentenced him to 260 years in prison.
Providence Journal reports that U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell sentenced 45-year-old Thomas Goodman to lengthy prison time to ensure the sexual predator never has a chance to hurt any other child again. Video evidence showed that Goodman “violently” exploited and sexually abused little girls for years. He uploaded videos of the abuse online.
As McConnell read the sentencing aloud, Goodman collapsed onto a table in front of him. Once he was revived, McConnell explained that the charges were to be served consecutively, and included 30 years for each count of sexually exploiting children. There were eight sexual exploitation counts in total, which came after Goodman exploited and abused a 3-week-old baby and two young girls.
The judge added on an additional 20 years for possession of “sadistic” child pornography.
“You spent six years sexually abusing two young girls when they were 6 years to 12 years old,” McConnell said. “The level of depravity is beyond comprehension.”
Goodman’s defense team argued that as a child he was molested by a teacher, which in turn traumatized him. The judge acknowledged Goodman’s past, but stated his biggest concern was with public safety and making sure children were safe.
“The only way I can do that is to be sure you never get out of prison again. I have no assurances you will stop.”
According to court documents, Goodman abused the young girls for “years and years” while recording the sexual abuse and exploitation on his phone. He later started doing the same thing with the 3-week-old infant, who he abused until the baby was around one years old.
Goodman was caught when his former employer, Electric Boat Security, confiscated his cellphone after he used it while on Electric Boat property, a direct violation of the company’s policies. The company contacted police after noticing a “vast quantity of child pornography” on the phone, according to the the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Authorities said Goodman had over 7,000 images and over 300 videos of child pornography.
“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,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a written statement.
The mother of one of the victims said that she once trusted Goodman and couldn’t forgive him for what did. Goodman reportedly held his head down as the woman told the court she was “shattered” after her child was abused.
Goodman said he had “no excuse” for what he did.
[Feature Photo: Thomas Goodman/Police Handout]