To commit his serial sex crimes against a little girl, David Alan Goddard arranged the perfect setting.
While his wife worked long hours as a nurse, Goddard worked out of their Newport Beach home as a stock broker and insisted on home schooling “T.B.,” the 12-year-old girl adopted by his mother-in-law.
Schooling quickly evolved into a disgusting nightmare for T.B.
Goddard regularly fingered and licked the girl's vagina. His conduct
worsened when T.B. turned 13. That's when he forced her to masturbate him.
It escalated further after her 14th birthday; he showed her
pornographic movies, demanded blowjobs and
ejaculated in her mouth. When she was 15, he began using her for
regular sexual intercourse. Later, Goddard wrecked T.B.'s prom memories by
demanding sex while she wore her formal dress.
act of horror occurred when Goddard, who'd moved to Santa Ana, raped T.B. on a living-room couch,
pulled out of her vagina and ejaculated in her mouth. Unable to keep the secret any longer, she
revealed her situation to a friend in a Facebook message, and the cops got involved.
Goddard pleaded not guilty to more than a dozen sex crimes and noted that T.B. used Netflix to view the title page for Matt Dillon's Wild Things,
a film about a high-school student who fabricates that a teacher raped
her. He also claimed his sperm could have been transferred to her
underwear in the laundry hamper.
Veteran Orange County prosecutor Robert Mestman won convictions on all counts at a 2010 trial, and Superior Court Judge Richard F. Toohey sent Goddard to prison.
appealed, claiming that Mestman cheated and that the evidence proved
him innocent. He also wasn't happy that Toohey refused to let the jury
hear the Wild Things evidence because, in his view, it established that T.B. was interested in the famous lesbian kiss in the film.
This month, a California Court of Appeal based in Santa Ana backed Mestman's work as honorable, declared the movie issue irrelevant and let the convictions stand.
A minor child can never give legal consent for sex with an adult.
Upshot: Goddard, 49, will continue to serve an 18-year sentence at Wasco State Prison near Bakersfield.
R. Scott Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; and hailed by two New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing Southern California law enforcement corruption.