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Goodpasture sentenced for 21 offenses against minors

By Katherine Wartell

A Manhattan man convicted of 21 sex offenses against two minor girls was sentenced Wednesday to two consecutive life terms in prison.

John Goodpasture Jr., 43, was convicted in August of rape, aggravated indecent liberties and criminal sodomy against a 10- and a 13-year-old girl for offenses that occurred in 2010 and 2011.

Judge David Stutzman sentenced Goodpasture to the two life sentences for one count of rape committed against each child. He ruled that the 19 other counts against Goodpasture were to be served concurrently with those sentences.

Riley County officers arrested Goodpasture on June 14, 2011 after the 10-year-old girl reported to police that he had raped her in the same month.

He was found guilty of five counts against that child, including one count of rape and four counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, committed between December 2010 and June 2011.

Officials said a 13-year-old girl came forward after Goodpasture was arrested. He was found guilty of 16 counts against her, including 15 counts of rape and one count of aggravated criminal sodomy, committed between September 2010 and June 2011.

In court Wednesday, Assistant County Attorney Kendra Lewison asked for the maximum sentence against Goodpasture, calling him a dangerous man who preys on vulnerable victims.

Lewison, who represented the state along with Assistant County Attorney Bethany Fields, commended the victims on their bravery during the long court process. She said they remained strong because they did not want any other girls to be abused by Goodpasture.

In asking for the maximum sentence, Lewison said Goodpasture was able to control his 13-year-old victim by telling her he would kill her in front of her siblings if she told anyone. Lewison told the court that the girl believed him because she had knowledge of his criminal history, which included involvement in a first-degree murder case.

According to court documents, Goodpasture was once charged with first-degree murder before that charge was amended to conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary in exchange for testifying against two co-defendants, who were later convicted of first degree murder.

Goodpasture was sentenced for the burglary charge in 2001 and spent time on and off in jail until 2006, also having been convicted for driving under the influence.

Prior to sentencing, Goodpasture addressed the court to express his frustration with the process, intimating that he was the victim of a corrupt trial. At one point, the judge asked him to lower his voice, while several bailiffs moved near him.

Gene Parrish, Goodpasture’s lawyer, had requested a new trial in October after he told the judge that the state had kept exculpatory evidence regarding the victims from him prior to the trial. That request was denied Monday in a closed hearing.

Goodpasture indicated in court that he had wanted to take the stand during the trial but was told by his counsel that would have been the worst possible decision.

After he was sentenced, he told Judge Stutzman that he intended to appeal everything.

Parrish gave the judge a notice of appeal and requested that another public defender be appointed.

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