- 2015 Federal Election
Goddard posed online as teenage girl, cop and TV producer, court told
Jeffrey Goddard told a 15-year-old boy he wanted to adopt him and live on a boat together, Crown counsel said in Abbotsford provincial court Tuesday at Goddard's sentencing hearing.
Sylvia Domaradzki said 21-year-old Goddard also invited the boy to shower with him and to have sex during a five-day period when the teen had run away from his foster parents and was living with Goddard at his Abbotsford home.
Goddard previously pleaded guilty to invitation to sexual touching in relation to those circumstances, as well as to four other offences – impersonating a police officer, communicating via a computer to lure a child under 16, and two counts of breaching his conditions.
Domaradzki said Goddard first met the boy in February 2010 at a mutual friend's house. They then began regularly communicating over the phone and online.
The teen ran away from his foster home to Goddard's on March 12.
On his first night there, he decided to return home, but when he tried to leave, Goddard blocked the door and told him, "You're not leaving. You're home now."
Domaradzki said the boy was alarmed to find Goddard in his bed every morning over the next five days, even though he hadn't invited him.
The boy, one of his friends and Goddard were stopped by Vancouver Police while trying to board a ferry to Nanaimo.
Goddard was charged in May and was released on bail, with conditions that included not accessing the Internet or being in the company of children under the age of 16.
Domaradzi said "a combination of different circumstances" resulted in Goddard being arrested again on Oct. 7 and eventually facing numerous other charges. He was denied bail and has remained in custody since then.
Domaradzki said Goddard used various aliases – including Julia Luzak, Darren Sutherland, Jordan Hobbs and Ryan Barnes – to communicate with teens, mostly boys under the age of 16, over the Internet.
These took the form of a teenage girl, a TV producer and police officers, and Facebook pages were made for them.
In several cases, Goddard began his online interaction posing as Julia. He would post pictures of her on Facebook that he had taken from the Facebook page of a real girl.
A couple of the boys began online relationships with "Julia." In several cases, Julia would persuade the contacts to talk to a male – either online or over the phone – whom she identified as her brother or her cousin but was actually Goddard.
A common story he told was that he was a police officer and he could offer ride-alongs in a police car.
In another case, he said he was a TV producer who was interested in filming a commercial on longboarding.
Shortly before his second arrest, he posed online as Julia and communicated with two 13-year-old boys. She offered them each $300 to meet up with her boyfriend, saying he had been beaten by his parents and needed someone to help him get in a cab.
On their way to the scene, the boys received a call from Goddard, posing as a police officer giving them directions and ensuring they were on their way.
The boys were informed of the ruse when they stopped at the home of a friend, who had heard about Goddard in the media and warned them of his tactics.
Goddard was charged with 19 counts in total, but those were pared down to five for the guilty plea. Police tied him to the crimes based on numerous witness reports, evidence taken from three laptop computers seized from his home, and documents that included an outline of a longboarding commercial and hand-written permission letters signed by "Jordan Hobbs."
Domaradzki said psychiatric assessments done on Goddard have shown no evidence of a psychotic or psychiatric disorder. She is recommending a sentence of 20 months and three years' probation.
Defence lawyer David Gable, who will make his submission at a later date, said he will be asking for a sentence of time served (six months), with any additional time that the judge decides upon to be served in the community.
"He (Goddard) has been doing some pretty difficult time over the last six months," Gable said, adding that all of Goddard's problems can be dealt with on a rehabilitative basis in the community.
A date for the defence submission and sentencing will be set next week.