Woman who raped boy, 13, barred from contact with minors

Elaine B. Goodman

DOVER — A Dover woman sentenced to two years probation Thursday after a conviction for raping her daughter’s 13-year-old boyfriend in 2015 was ordered to complete sexual disorders counseling and have no contact with the victim or his family, officials said.

Additionally, Elaine B. Goodman, 46, must register as a Tier II sex offender and provide a DNA sample at her first meeting with the Delaware Probation and Parole office. Besides immediate family members, Goodman is barred from having any unsupervised contact with any minor under 18 years old.

Goodman was sentenced to 15 years in prison,  but Superior Court Judge Robert B. Young suspended the term for two years Level III probation.

The Delaware Department of Justice declined comment on the sentence. Deputy Attorney General Denise Weeks-Tappan prosecuted the case.

Reached on Friday, Goodman’s attorney James Liguori declined comment beyond what was said in court and indicated that she would not speak further on the matter.

On Thursday, Mr. Liguori spoke of positive traits that Goodman possessed and her acknowledgment of wrongdoing, being humbled and the damaging affect on herself and others.

Offender requirements

The Delaware Department of Correction classifies Level III probation as “intensive supervision” which “ entails at least the equivalent of one hour of supervision per day and no more than 56 hours of supervision per week.

“The minimum of one hour of supervision per day is achieved through direct offender contact, collateral contact, verification of each offender’s activities (e.g., residence, employment, training and school), and performance with court-ordered treatment and Community Service.

“The emphasis is on supervision through increased community contacts.”

Tier II sex offenders are considered moderate risk and must register for 25 years. They must verify their registry information to the State Bureau of Identification twice a year. Each verification must be done in person, with and updated mugshot and fingerprints taken at the time.

According to the Delaware Sex Offender Central Registry, “Offenders who fail to update their registry information within three days, or who fail to verify their information as required, will be charged with Failure to Re-register as a Sex Offender, which is a class ‘G’ felony.”

The case detailed

Goodman was 44 and married when arrested by Smyrna Police on Nov. 4, 2015, and her address was listed as in the Stoney Creek sub-division in Dover.

Authorities said an investigation commenced in March 2015 after an alleged inappropriate relationship between Goodman and the juvenile was received.
In announcing the arrest, police said the investigation found that Goodman allegedly contacted the youth via text message on the night of March 15, 2015, met with him and had sex. An arrest report listed the time of offense as 1 a.m. on March 16, 2015.

According to an affidavit, Smyrna Police were contacted by the youth’s parent and told that Goodman allegedly “had picked up her son [name redacted] after he snuck out of the house after midnight so he and her daughter [redacted] ex-girlfriend [redacted] could ‘work out our issues.’ “

When confronted by a person whose name was redacted, the youth allegedly disclosed his “ex-girlfriend was not in the car and that he and [Goodman] had sex,” according to police in documents.

The youth was interviewed at the Children’s Advocacy Center on March 18, and alleged he had been “sexually molested,” according to the affidavit.
Also, the teen claimed “[Goodman] had been texting him inappropriate things over the past two days, that she asked him if he was a virgin …”

According to the minor, he was picked up at a Wendy’s restaurant and Goodman “drove around for awhile then parked,” papers said. The arrest affidavit described the boy’s description of a sexual encounter that followed.

The youth said he spoke with Goodman for about two hours, the affidavit read, before she saw that it was 4:30 a.m. “and told him she had to go get ready for work, that he got out of the car and walked home, that [Goodman] had told him to delete the messages so [redacted] and his parents don’t see them. …”

Cell phone texts

Investigators checked Goodman’s cell phone, according to documents, and evaluated conversations with the child. Shortly after they parted, according to police in papers, Goodman allegedly texted the minor “Thanks for spending time with me. I really hope you had fun and don’t think I’m a weird old lady.”

When the juvenile texted that he was cold and didn’t want to sneak out anymore, according to police, Goodman allegedly replied “I understand, no more bumping and grindin until it’s warm.”

Ms. Goodman was initially charged with three counts of third-degree rape, two counts of second-degree unlawful sexual contact, and a count each of fourth-degree rape and sexual solicitation of a child.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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