A convicted sex offender will spend Christmas and New Year’s Day behind bars and five years on probation for possession of child pornography.
John Justice Goodman, 80, was sentenced on Dec. 12 to one year in Colusa County Jail, which in California is six months under penal code 4019, less the 171 days he served after his 2017 arrest.
Goodman was remanded to the Colusa County Jail on Dec. 12 to serve out his remaining 24 days, immediately after Judge Jeffrey A. Thompson carried out a sentence negotiated by a plea arrangement with the District Attorney’s Office.
Goodman was on parole when a Colusa County Sheriff’s Deputy arrested him at his home in Colusa on Oct. 30, 2017, on suspicion of possessing pornographic images on his computer that depicted a person under 18 years of age personally engaging in or simulating sexual conduct, which was a violation of the conditions of his parole.
Goodman was originally convicted in 2010 of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14. He served four years in state prison and was released in 2015, according to the California Megan’s Law website, where he is required to register for life.
Nearly a year after his re-arrest on the pornography charge, he changed his not guilty plea to no contest on Oct. 17, 2018 in a deal negotiated with the District Attorney’s Office through Goodman’s attorney Michael Wise, of Sacramento, who appeared with him last week in Colusa County Superior Court.
Goodman faced returning to state prison and fines up to $20,000, if convicted by a jury.
Thompson ordered Goodman to contact the Colusa County Probation Department immediately after his release from jail.
While on probation, Goodman will be prohibited from possessing child pornography. ■