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Jeffrey Goddard's sentencing hearing delayed

Jeff Goddard - File photo
Jeff Goddard
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An Abbotsford man who was charged this year after posing online as a landscaper and hiring two teenage boys to do yard work had also been making plans to meet up with a 15-year-old California youth, Crown counsel alleged Thursday in court.

Sylvia Domaradzki said the new information had recently been presented to the Crown, and she wanted to increase her sentencing recommendation for Jeffrey Goddard, 22.

Domaradzki had previously sought a sentence of 120 to 150 days. She is now recommending an additional 30 days.

Goddard was scheduled for a sentencing hearing Thursday in Abbotsford provincial court, but the matter has been adjourned until the third week of January.

Goddard previously served more than a year in prison after pleading guilty to contacting eight youths – ages 12 to 16 – over Facebook and on the phone, while he posed as a police officer, a teenage girl and a TV producer in 2010.

Goddard was released from prison in February of this year. He was charged in August with four counts of breaching his probation – and later pleaded guilty to two of the charges – after he created another fake persona on Facebook, this time a landscaper known as "Ryan Martin Stewart."

Goddard had hired two boys to do landscaping work at his residence in Abbotsford where he rented a room in the same home as Donald Bakker.

Bakker previously served a 10-year sentence for sexually assaulting seven girls in Cambodia, as well as Vancouver sex-trade workers.

The boys who Goddard had hired were allegedly eating lunch in his bedroom when they saw him using a computer.

Domaradzki said further investigation has revealed that Goddard had apparently begun communicating on Aug. 1 with a 15-year-old boy in California. Two days later, they were "in love," she said.

Domaradzki said a number for a hotel chain was allegedly found in Goddard's cellphone records from that time. She said a message from Goddard to the boy stated, "I'm going to try my hardest to come and get you."

Conditions of Goddard's probation included that he not access the Internet, not have contact with anyone under the age of 18, and not establish or maintain a social media website.

Goddard has been in prison since his arrest for the breaches and, as of Thursday, had served 134 days.

His sentencing hearing has also been delayed because there has been some difficulty in finding a new residence for Goddard after he is released.

"There's not a facility that I'm aware of … that is prepared to take him," said defence lawyer David Gable.

 

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