High-risk sex of­fender re­leased

Jeffrey God­dard pleads guilty to sex­ual as­sault in cell, sen­tenced to time served

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A high-risk sex of­fender who sex­u­ally as­saulted a fel­low in­mate at Sur­rey Pre­trial Ser­vices Cen­tre has been sen­tenced to time served and re­leased from cus­tody.

Jeffrey Alan God­dard, 25, pleaded guilty in June to one count of sex­ual as­sault and was sen­tenced on Thurs­day in pro­vin­cial court in Sur­rey.

The in­ci­dent took place on Oct. 4, 2014, when God­dard was in pre­trial cus­tody on breach and fraud-re­lated charges.

One day ear­lier a 19-year-old man, who can only be iden­ti­fied as T.D. due to a pub­li­ca­tion ban, was trans­ferred to God­dard’s unit at Sur­rey Pre­trial. The men had never met be­fore but quickly be­came friends. God­dard said he would get T.D. a job and that his mother would give T.D. a call­ing card.

T.D. in­vited God­dard to share his cell. The night of the as­sault, the two were in their bunks chat­ting when the sub­ject of sex came up. T.D. made some com­ments in jest, but God­dard took him se­ri­ously. When T.D. tried to back out, God­dard used threats to con­vince T.D. to touch his penis and mas­tur­bate him.

T.D. — who was de­scribed as hav­ing mild men­tal re­tar­da­tion, fe­tal al­co­hol spec­trum dis­or­der and at­ten­tion deficit hy­per­ac­tiv­ity dis­or­der, as well as be­ing easily co­erced — said he com­plied be­cause he was afraid God­dard would fol­low through on his threats.

T.D. re­ported the as­sault the next day.

“What’s par­tic­u­larly con­cern­ing in this case is Mr. God­dard’s crim­i­nal record,” Judge An­drea Brown­stone said in her rea­sons for sen­tence.

God­dard pleaded guilty in De­cem­ber 2010 to in­vi­ta­tion to sex­ual touch­ing, lur­ing a child un­der 16 us­ing a com­puter, im­per­son­at­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer and two breaches of his bail con­di­tions. He was sen­tenced in June 2011 to 20 months less a day in jail and three years of pro­ba­tion.

In Novem­ber 2012, he ad­mit­ted to breach­ing his pro­ba­tion con­di­tions. God­dard was sen­tenced on Jan. 24, 2013 to six months in jail but, af­ter be­ing given credit for time served, he was or­dered to spend a fur­ther 12 days in cus­tody.

In Oc­to­ber 2014, God­dard pleaded guilty to breach­ing his pro­ba­tion twice and fraud un­der $5,000.

He was sen­tenced to one day in jail plus three years of pro­ba­tion for the breaches and 30 days in jail for the fraud.

Past pre-sen­tence re­ports have in­di­cated God­dard is a high risk to re­of­fend, has a history of ly­ing and is ma­nip­u­la­tive. He tar­gets pre­teen and teenage boys and grooms them by of­fer­ing in­duce­ments.

Brown­stone said that deter­rence is “some­what chal­leng­ing” in God­dard’s case be­cause jail terms have not stopped him from of­fend­ing in the past.

How­ever, God­dard’s of­fence was se­ri­ous and re­quires a jail term, Brown­stone said.

God­dard was sen­tenced to time served and cred­ited with nine months of pre­trial cus­tody.

He will also be on pro­ba­tion for three years with a long list of strict con­di­tions aimed at pro­tect­ing the com­mu­nity and work­ing to­ward his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.



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