Abbotsford Police issue public notice of prisoner’s release

Jeffrey Goddard lured young people online, posing as a police officer, a TV producer and a teenage girl.

Jeffrey Goddard

Jeffrey Goddard

Abbotsford Police have issued a public notification about the release from jail today (Wednesday) of a man who posed online as a police officer, a teenage girl and a TV producer to lure young people.

Jeffrey Allan Goddard, 22, of Abbotsford has reached his mandatory release date after having served two-thirds of his sentence.

He pleaded guilty to invitation to sexual touching, communicating via a computer to lure a child, impersonating a police office, and two breach charges.

The charges covered a period from Jan. 1 to Oct. 6, 2010 and related to Goddard contacting seven or eight teens – all aged 12 to 16 — over Facebook and on the phone.

One of the boys he befriended stayed with Goddard for two weeks, during which time Goddard crawled into bed with him at night and, on one occasion, suggested the two take a shower together.

In June 2011, Goddard was sentenced to 20 months in prison, minus the eight months he had already been in custody. He has since served eight of the 12 months he had remaining.

By law, prisoners must be released after serving two-thirds of their sentence, although any breaches can see them returned to prison.

Goddard is described as 5′ 9″, 150 pounds, with short brown hair and green eyes. He has been known to wear glasses.

Goddard is on probation for three years, and his court-ordered conditions include: no contact with anyone under the age of 18; no attendance at locations where people under the age of 18 are present, such as playgrounds, community centres and parks; no use of any electronic device that can access the Internet; and not establishing or maintaining any social networking site.

Anyone who observes Goddard breaching any of these conditions is asked to notify Abbotsford Police at 604-859-5225 or the police agency in their area.