Note- I first posted this article in August of 2013. Since then, Goodman pleaded guilty.
The New York Daily News reports:
Pedophile claims marriage as an excuse for statutory rape
Andrew Goodman, 28, is facing a federal case of sex with a minor, but he argued that he was married under Jewish law to the kid.
Andrew Goodman is one wacky child molester. He was also an employee of Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services who worked with children. You have to wonder why he was considered suitable for such work. They dismissed Goodman the day he was first arrested even though there were allegations about him for a while. Others associated with Ohel who went on to be indicted or convicted of molesting include: Simcha Adler and Avrohom Mondrowitz.
Brooklyn District Attorney Charles (Joe) Hynes is proud of his association with Ohel and lists them as partners to his Kol Tzedek initiative on his website. The Brooklyn DA managed to engineer a two-year sentence for Goodman. With time off for being jailed while awaiting trial he would have been out on the streets shortly after sentencing. Fortunately, the feds swooped in and indicted him for taking a child over state lines to Atlantic City. This is the trip that Goodman now imagines consecrated a marriage to his boy victim.
Thank you feds, and no thank you, Joe Hynes, Ohel, and Kol Tzedek!
Update 1/22/15- Since I posted Goodman pled guilty to the federal charge which carries a minimum sentence of 10 years. Brooklyn’s new DA since January 2014 disbanded the kol tzedek program but he also cavorts with Ohel.