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Child rapist denied request for retrial

By Katherine Wartell

A Manhattan man convicted of committing 21 sex offenses against two minor girls was denied a request for a new trial in Riley County District Court in a closed hearing Monday.

John Goodpasture Jr., 43, originally was convicted in August of rape, aggravated indecent liberties and criminal sodomy against 10- and 13-year-old girls, but at what was supposed to be his sentencing in October, Goodpasture’s lawyer, Gene Parrish, argued that the state had knowingly kept exculpatory evidence from the defense prior to the trial.

Parrish requested that District Judge David Stutzman grant Goodpasture a new trial, but in the closed hearing Monday afternoon, Stutzman ruled on the matter, denying his request.

Goodpasture’s sentencing is now scheduled for Wednesday at 1:15 p.m. at the Riley County Courthouse.

Judge Stutzman indicated, through court administration, that the hearing was closed because of the potential for the matters discussed to significantly increase the difficulty of obtaining a jury fair to both sides had he granted a new trial.

The state was represented by assistant county attorneys Kendra Lewison and Bethany Fields.

Because of the nature of his crimes and the age of his victims, Goodpasture is facing 25 years to life in prison.

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