Convicted sex offender out on bail 

After serving nearly seven months behind bars, a registered sex offender has been allowed to return home while he awaits trial. 

Superior Court Judge Jeffrey A. Thompson agreed to release John Justice Goodman, 79, of Colusa, on $100,000 bail. Goodman has been held in the Colusa County Jail since his Oct. 30, 2017 arrest for allegedly possessing child pornography, a violation of the terms of his parole. 

Goodman is a registered sex offender, having been 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. 

Goodman had been out of prison only two years when a Colusa County Sheriff’s Deputy arrested him in the area of Highway 45 last fall on suspicion of possessing material that depicts a person under 18 years of age personally engaging in or simulating sexual conduct. 

Since pleading not guilty to the charges on Nov. 15, 2017, Goodman has repeatedly waived his right to a speedy trial for various reasons. 

The preliminary hearing scheduled for April 18 in Colusa County Superior Court was vacated because there were still issues that needed to be addressed, including more time for his attorney to research the evidence that will be presented, Thompson said. 

Goodman has retained Michael Wise of Sacramento to represent him in the matter. 

While out on bail, Goodman is not allowed to possess child pornography or any electronic device that would allow him access to the Internet, Thompson ordered. He is to obey all laws and stay in contact with his attorney. He is prohibited from being within 100 yards from a school, a child. or any area children congregate, Thompson said. 

Goodman will be allowed to be in any public place, such as a restaurant or store, providing he is there for a lawful purpose and for a reasonable amount of time. He is also subject to a search of his person or property, Thompson said. 

Goodman will next appear in court on May 9 to have his preliminary hearing rescheduled. ■