Sex offender in jail on fresh charges

A registered sex offender pleaded not guilty last week to charges that could send him back to prison if he is convicted.

John Justice Goodman, 79, of Colusa, was arrested Oct. 30 for allegedly possessing child pornography and for violating the conditions of his parole, both of which are felonies.

In 2010, Goodman was convicted of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14. He served four years in prison and was released in 2015, according to the California Megan’s Law website, where Goodman is required to register for life.

Goodman appeared in Colusa County Superior Court on Nov. 15, where Judge Jeffrey A. Thompson vacated Goodman’s court-appointed public defender. Goodman has retained Michael Wise of the Wise Law Group in Sacramento to represent him in this matter.

A Colusa County Sheriff’s Deputy arrested Goodman in the area of Highway 45 last month on suspicion of possessing material that depicts a person under 18 years of age personally engaging in or simulating sexual conduct.

A conviction typically carries a penalty of one year in county jail and/or a fine not exceeding $2,500, under the California penal code, but given Goodman’s previous conviction, he could face up to six years in state prison. Deputy District Attorney Winston Welch, who is prosecuting the case, agreed to Goodman waiving the time requirement for a preliminary hearing to allow his new attorney to review the case.

Goodman is scheduled to next appear in court on Jan. 3 for the setting of his preliminary hearing. He will remain in custody at the Colusa County Jail as ordered by the judge. ■