Defendant Sexually Abused the Victim Several Times a Week for Years
A convicted child molester, who had skated with a slap on the wrist in state court, was nailed Friday with a 10-year sentence by a federal judge in Brooklyn.
Andrew Goodman, 31, was arrested by the feds in 2012 before he finished serving a measly 2-year sentence meted out by Supreme Court Justice Martin Murphy for sexually abusing two brothers, ages 12 and 13.
Goodman pleaded guilty in Brooklyn Federal Court in January to transporting one victim when he was 15 years old to Atlantic City, where he raped him and took in a Kid Rock concert.
The pony-tailed pervert apologized for his actions — and for filing a legal motion which argued that he was married to the victim under Jewish law and therefore had not committed a sex crime. He blamed a jailhouse lawyer for putting him up to the letter, and pleaded for forgiveness.
The victim, who sat in the courtroom but did not speak, had sent a letter under seal to Federal Judge Margot Brodie suggesting Goodman get life in prison.
“I read the victim’s letter and I understand what he’s going through, and I know it’s my fault,” Goodman said. “What he feels is more important to me than anything. I don’t want to cause any more pain.”
The judge said she believes Goodman is remorseful, but reminded him of the victim’s own words that he had “‘ripped the life out of him'” and ruined his childhood.
Brodie urged the victim to overcome the trauma which would be his “sweet revenge” against the predator.
After Goodman completes the federal sentence, he will be on supervised release for 10 years, must register as a sex offender and is barred from contacting the victim.
Outside court, the victim said through his lawyer that he wanted to thank U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tyler Smith for bringing the federal case.