Former East Point Police Sgt. Richard Gooddine has been indicted by a Fulton County grand jury, the district attorney’s office announced Tuesday.
The indictment against Gooddine contains 17 counts related to alleged inappropriate sexual contact with four female victims in 2011, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Two of the victims were under the age of 16 when the alleged incidents occurred.
The indictment includes several aggravated sexual battery charges, which each carry a sentence of 25 years to life in prison. The indictment also includes a charge accusing Gooddine, 38, of trying to intimidate and threaten the most recent victim and her mother at a hospital in August. Hospital staff reportedly removed him from the property.
“In my nearly fifteen years of experience as a prosecutor, I have never heard of a case where an assailant attempted to contact his victim while she was undergoing tests at the hospital,” Deputy District Attorney Melissa Redmon Director said in a statement. “His actions were unbelievable.”
A key piece of evidence in the indictment, the press release said, is a statement Gooddine allegedly made to a fellow officer at the precinct after the August incident: “I (expletive) up.”
After warrants were issued for Gooddine’s arrest Friday, he eventually turned himself in. Gooddine waived his first court appearance; no bond was set. His next hearing will be Sept. 14.
District Attorney Paul Howard urges other potential victims to contact the DA’s Office directly at 404-613-4984.
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