Superior Court Judge Jeffrey A. Thompson set a preliminary hearing April 18 for convicted sex offender John Justice Goodman, 79, of Colusa.
Goodman, who appeared in court on March 7, has been held in the Colusa County Jail since his Oct. 30, 2017 rearrest for allegedly possessing child pornography. He has pleaded not guilty, and will be represented in the hearing by Michael Wise of Sacramento.
Goodman was previously convicted in 2010 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, on which he must register for life.
Goodman was on parole when a Colusa County Sheriff’s Deputy arrested him last year in the area of Highway 45 on suspicion of possessing material that depicts a person under 18 years of age personally engaging in or simulating sexual conduct.
If convicted on the pornography charge, which is a felony, Goodman’s sentence could be enhanced because of his prior record, officials said.
District Attorney Matthew R. Beauchamp, who is prosecuting the case, withdrew his earlier plea offer, and will be required to present sufficient evidence to show that a crime has been committed and warrants a jury trial.
The April 18 hearing is set for 10:30 AM and is scheduled to run about 90 minutes. ■