BROOKLYN, NY - A convicted kiddie diddler who’s facing new charges of sexually molesting a teen boy asked a court to dismiss the case. The reason? He claims that under Jewish law he was married to the victim. Oy vey!
In 2012, Andrew Goodman, 28, was convicted of sexually abusing the victim over a period of several years beginning when the boy was 12. For systematic sexual abuse of a child, he got – ready for this? – a whopping two years behind bars.
The teen called the judge’s decision to hand down little more than a slap on the wrist to Goodman (over prosecutors’ objections) “a very grave mistake.” Hope this kid’s got law school in his future.
In October of last year, however, additional charges were filed by the feds because evidence surfaced that Goodman had taken the boy across state lines to abuse him. At the time, the kid was only 15. Goodman took him to Atlantic City, according to an article in the New York Daily News.
In papers filed last week, Goodman asked the Brooklyn Federal Court to dismiss the new case because the A.C. trip was made to celebrate the couples’ marriage. Goodman is acting as his own attorney and I’m guessing it’s because a real lawyer finally found a client they were willing to turn down.
On the trip, which took place on Valentine’s Day, Goodman allegedly sodomized his victim, took him to dinner and then to a Kid Rock concert. How romantic. That’s Goodman’s idea of a honeymoon? Dinner and a concert? I’ve spent more on a date.
“The union resulted in a honeymoon, feasting, celebratory concert attendance,” Goodman wrote in his motion for dismissal. “A valid Jewish wedding and marriage occurred.”
Rabbi Shea Hecht, who advised the victim and his family, said of Goodman’s arguments, “This is the most meshuga thing in the world.”
Goodman is apparently basing his claim on tenets of Jewish law which allows marriage as young as 13 without parental consent, the report said. Goodman doesn’t seem like much of a Jewish scholar, given that Jewish Law forbids same-sex relationships. As well, Goodman offered no proof of the so-called nuptials.
During his 2012 court appearance, Goodman told his victim (who’s now 18) that he had fallen in love with him. Wasn’t quite the same for the kid though, who testified that Goodman was “the devil disguised as a human.” He also called Goodman “the worst thing that ever happened to me.”
Goodman has also admitted to molesting the teen’s younger brother and police are looking into whether there may be other victims. If convicted, Goodman could face life in prison. Or maybe a ticket, if he gets the same judge as last time.