News Item: Ex-Cop Accused Of Downloading, Sending Child Porn
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Sunday 04 June 2006 - 10:56:29

SELLERSBURG, Ind. -- A police officer who resigned last month has been charged with 12 felony counts of child exploitation.

Authorities said Richard K. Goodwin, 39, downloaded sexually explicit photos of teenage girls on his home computer, copied the material on compact discs and sent videotaped pornographic images to others he met online.

Goodwin, a former Sellersburg police officer and Clark County sheriff's deputy, was arrested Friday and released after posting a $25,000 bond. He is to appear in Clark Circuit Court on Monday. No Clark County phone listing for Goodwin could be found.

Goodwin purchased a membership in a child pornography Web site where he provided his mailing address, e-mail address and a credit card number, according to police documents.

According to an affidavit, Goodwin told investigators he had been involved with child pornography since 1998.

He also said he was received counseling from a minister.

Sellersburg Police Chief Russ Whelan said federal officials notified him in late April about their investigation of Goodwin.

"As the chief, it's definitely a call you don't expect, and you don't want," Whelan told the Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky.

Goodwin resigned from the police department May 9, after being suspended without pay.

He spent eight years with the Sellersburg department and another eight years as a Clark County deputy. He had no disciplinary problems.

"I just hope people of the community don't hold the whole Sellersburg Police Department responsible for the allegations against one individual," Whelan said.

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/9316649/detail.html


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