Published On: Mon, Oct 29th, 2018

Elyria man, Christopher Goodin indicted for sexually exploiting a child in Utah

An Elyria man was indicted in federal court for sexually exploiting a child in Utah and related child pornography crimes.

Christopher Goodin, 33, was indicted on one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, one count of receipt of visual depictions of real minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and one count of possessing child pornography.

Goodin, between June and Aug. 18, 2018, controlled multiple social media accounts which he used to communicate with a young girl in Utah. With one account, Goodin posed as “Shorty853” — a young girl who was harassed and threatened by an older man. With another account, Goodin posed as “Sambam01,” the older man. Sambam01 said the victim he would stop bothering “Fungirl2901” if the victim sent sexually explicit photos to him, which the victim did, according to court documents.

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If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than maximum.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carol M. Skutnik following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

An indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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