Convicted child rapist's NY State sentence was so disproportionately light, the feds stepped in and charged Goodman with transporting a minor across state lines for the purpose of having sex. And now Goodman will spend 10 years in federal prison.
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Andrew Goodman Gets 10 Years On Federal Child Rape Related Charge
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
In open state court, convicted child rapist Andrew Goodman called out to one of his victims that he “loved” him and wanted to spend his life with him, causing onlookers and court officials to gasp in horror.
But Goodman still inexplicably got a slap-on-the-wrist 2-year sentence from Brooklyn, New York state court Justice Martin Murphy when he was sentenced. And with time already served, Goodman only had several months left to actually serve.
The sentence was so disproportionately low and Goodman’s potential to reoffend was so high that the US Attorney indicted Goodman on federal charges before his release – and almost unprecedented step.
In January 2015, Goodman finally pleaded guilty in Federal Court to transporting one 15-year-old victim across state lines for the purpose of raping him.
As a defense, Goodman first claimed that under halakha (Orthodox Jewish law) he was married to the victim and therefore no crime had been committed.
Later, Goodman apologized for making that claim and blamed a jailhouse lawyer for suggesting it to him. He also pleaded for forgiveness.
The victim did not buy Goodman’s remorse and in a letter to Federal Judge Margo Brodie asked for Goodman get life in prison.
The Daily News reported that at Goodman’s federal sentencing today Brodie said she believes Goodman is truly remorseful, but said Goodman had seriously damaged the victim nonetheless.
After his federal sentence is served, Goodman will be on supervised release for 10 years. He will also have to register as a sex offender and is prohibited from contacting the victim.
The abuse started when the two victims were 12- and 13-years old.
[Hat Tip: The Lion.]