Last Updated: 6:46 PM, June 22, 2012
Posted: 5:26 PM, June 22, 2012
A pervert who sexually abused two Orthodox Jewish brothers accepted a judge's sweetheart deal today that will spring him from jail in September - over the furious objections of Brooklyn prosecutors.
Andrew Goodman pleaded guilty to 48 felonies - including criminal sex acts with a minor, sex abuse and sexual misconduct ‑ after Justice Martin Murphy dangled a 2-year sentence in front of him.
Assistant District Attorney Kevin O'Donnell said prosecutors would have pursued a penalty that could have locked up Goodman for “dozens, if not hundreds of years.”
“The people are of the opinion that this is a very lenient offer to the defendant and one that’s going to put him in a position to act on his fantasies and abuse more children when he gets out of jail,” O'Donnell said.
“All right,” Murphy said.
Goodman, who was arrested in June 2010 for preying on the boys over several years, was thrilled with the offer.
“It's an amazing deal,” said Israel Fried, a defense lawyer for Goodman. “He’s very happy to put this behind him, do his time and hopefully get on with his life.”
“He was never looking to not take responsibility.”
Community members had filmed Goodman sneaking 11 underage boys in and out of his 15th Street home during pre-dawn hours, and trashed him as a “lifelong molestor who preys on young boys” in letters written to the judge.
Fried said prosecutors “weren't going to offer anything,” charging they weren’t going to go easy on Goodman because of the heavy criticism District Attorney Charles Hynes has taken for his handling of sex-abuse cases in Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community.
“These are the crimes de jour, so to speak and they’re the ones that have put the District Attorney under the microscope,” Fried said. “That’s why they’ve taken such a hard line.”
But Hynes fired back that prosecutors should “have the right to appeal a disposition taken over their objections.”
“Here, an acting State Supreme Court Justice promised a sentence of two years to someone who pled guilty to 48 felonies,” he said in a statement.
Goodman is the adopted son of a Jewish family and attended yeshivas in Israel through 2005.
He previously studied at a community college and did volunteer work with developmentally disabled adults.
To see my eyewitness report from the courtroom and for the list of charges
Something [A Judge] Is Rotten In Brooklyn
Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg
Andrew Goodman.|Assistant District Attorney Kevin O'Donnell|District Attorney Charles Hynes|Israel Fried|Judge Martin P. Murphy|