Woman pleads guilty to rape of boy, 13

Elaine B. Goodman

Elaine B. Goodman

DOVER — A Dover woman could receive up to 15 years imprisonment, but likely far less, after pleading guilty to fourth-degree rape in connection with a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old boy last year.

Elaine B. Goodman entered the plea Friday morning in Kent County Superior Court. She is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 12. Judge Robert B. Young ordered a pre-sentence investigation.

Fourth-degree rape is a Class C violent felony in Delaware Code, with a sentencing range of zero to 15 years.

The offense has a presumptive sentencing range of up to 30 months for a first-time conviction, about 25 percent of the maximum penalty. Serious aggravating factors such as prior criminal history or excessive cruelty could increase incarceration time.

Smyrna Police announced Goodman’s arrest on Nov. 5, 2015, when she was 44 years old. Authorities listed her address in the unit block of Moriarity Street.

Investigation began in March 2015 when an alleged inappropriate relationship was reported to Smyrna Police, authorities said at the time of the arrest.

According to police detectives, investigation found that Goodman had contact with the youth via text message on the night of March 15, 2015, met him and engaged in a sexual relationship. Authorities identified the minor as the boyfriend of Goodman’s daughter.

After arrest, Goodman was charged with three counts of third-degree rape, fourth-degree rape, two counts of second-degree unlawful contact, and sexual solicitation of a child. She was initially held at Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Center in New Castle in default of $225,000 secured bond.

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