Update: Lowell Sex Offender at Center of SJC Decision Now on GPS Bracelet

Sex Offender Ralph Goodwin will now be wearing a GPS bracelet.

Goodwin was found guilty of three charges of rape of a child by force and one charge of kidnapping and was sentenced to two concurrent State prison sentences of from ten to fifteen years on two of the rape convictions and a concurrent sentence of from nine to ten years on the kidnapping conviction and a sentence of from thirty to forty years in State prison, suspended for ten years, to be served from and after the committed sentences for the third rape conviction.

His third rape sentence included a special condition of probation that the defendant undergo psychiatric treatment. According to an article in the Boston Herald, Goodwin failed to complete his mental health counseling.

According to the SJC decision Goodwin “had taken the victim, a seven year old boy, away from a social function the victim was attending with his parents by threatening to kill the victim if he refused to go along. The defendant first took the victim to an area underneath a bridge where an act of fellatio occurred. The defendant then brought the victim to the cellar of his (the defendant’s) parents’ house where other acts of fellatio were performed, and the defendant attempted to sodomize the victim. The victim was confined in the cellar overnight. The next morning the defendant committed an additional act of fellatio, after which the defendant surreptitiously removed the victim from the house in a large cardboard box and sent him home in a taxicab.”

For more information click here.

For a list of Lowell’s level 3 sex offenders, go to the Lowell Police website.

To obtain more information on sex offenders in Massachusetts, go to the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.

For the Herald article click here.

About Attorney John J. MacLaughlan

John MacLaughlan is Massachusetts licensed attorney as well as a Boston police officer. John is currently assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force (Gang Unit). He is a graduate of the Massachusetts School of Law with a concentration in Labor Law. He holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell as well as a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. John has taught Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Use of Force, Applied Patrol Procedures, and Police Response to Active Shooters to sworn police officers and police academy recruits. Prior to becoming a Boston Police Officer, John served for 9 years as a police officer in Lowell, where he was a member of the Police Dive Team and Patrol Rifle Team.
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