RILEY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- A Manhattan man convicted of 21 sex crimes involving two young girls received two consecutive life sentences in Riley County court Wednesday.
Prosecutors called the repeated assaults "depraved."
John Goodpasture Jr., 43, was sentenced in Riley County District Court on Wednesday, November 7, 2012. Only still photography was allowed inside the courtroom.
In August, a jury found Goodpasture guilty of all of his charges, including rape, aggravated indecent liberties and aggravated criminal sodomy, involving two minor girls between September 2010 and June 2011. Court records indicate that the victims were 10 and 13 years old at the time and related to Goodpasture's live-in girlfriend.
After his conviction, Goodpasture requested a new trial due to reported discrepancies in the victims’ testimony.
Goodpasture’s attorney said that prior to the trial, one of the victims said she wanted to recant her story and the other victim was having memory problems.
Goodpasture’s lawyer said he was never informed about either issue which would have impacted his line of questioning during the trial.
The motion for a new trial was denied earlier this week and Gooodpasture was sentenced Wednesday by District Court Judge David Stutzman.
Goodpasture was arrested on June 15, 2011 in connection with the sexual assaults on the 10-year-old girl. Additional charges were added when the 13-year-old victim came forward with allegations in July of 2011.
Goodpasture was convicted of rape and four counts of indecent liberties with a child stemming involving the 10-year-old girl- incidents that occurred on or about June 10, 2011 and between December 1, 2010 and February 28, 2011. He was convicted of fifteen charges of rape and one count of aggravated criminal sodomy involving the 13-year-old girl- a series of incidents that occurred between September 15, 2010 and June 3, 2011.
Both victims alleged that they were sleeping and awoke to Goodpasture touching them. He molested them and raped them on different occasions.
In a motion from August of 2011, the State said: “The 13-year-old victim has alleged that the defendant compelled her silence, in part, by telling her that if she told anyone, he would wait until her mother went to work and then kill her in front of her younger sisters. He made this threat to her on 4-6 occasions, and as a result, the victim is very frightened for her safety. She is aware of his past history of involvement with a murder, which adds to her terror.”
In the document, the State mentioned Goodpasture’s criminal history, indicating that he has two felony DUI convictions and a conviction for conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary out of Atchison County. The burglary conviction resulted from a case in which he was originally charged with first degree murder. He agreed to testify against his co-defendants in exchange for leniency and the two co-defendants were convicted of first degree murder. Goodpasture served time in prison on the burglary charged and was released in 2006.
During his sentencing hearing, prosecutor Kendra Lewison said both of the victims were raped and sexually abused by Goodpasture on more than one occasion and that he is a "dangerous man who preys on young, vulnerable victims." She said the harm imposed on the young victims is "severe and potentially life-long" but commended the girls for coming forward.
During a police interview with one of the victims, Lewison says the little girl told detectives that Goodpasture told her that she turned him on but she was so young, she didn't even know what that meant and asked investigators to explain it to her.
Lewison says the victims testified against Goodpasture because they didn't want any other girls to be abused by him.
Goodpasture, meanwhile, told the judge that reported information about one of the victims wanting to change or recant her story several days before his trial "would have made a difference" and should have been something the jury was aware of. He said he intends to "appeal everything."