(BEDFORD) – A jury acquitted Brent Goodman on all four counts tonight in Lawrence County Superior Court I.
Lawrence County Superior Court Judge John Plummer III presided over the trial that lasted three days.
After the verdicts were read, Brent Goodman and his son hugged as tears ran down their cheeks.
The jury took just over two hours to deliberate. They returned to the courtroom around 8 p.m.
“This is the right verdict, I thank the jury. They were a good, and smart jury who took their time in weighing the evidence. They paid attention, took notes, and listened to the evidence presented,” said Defense Attorney Denise Turner.
Brent Goodman will be releasing a statement at a later time, through his attorney. Brent’s son Branson, did not wish to comment.
” I believe in our legal system, jury trials are fair, and this jury’s verdict was just,” said Allison Copra Lawrence County Deputy Prosecutor. Copra and Jeremy Weddle prosecuted the case for the State of Indiana.
Brent Goodman, of 60 Carver Lane, was arrested in September 2018 on charges of child molesting, a Level 4 felony; child exploitation, a Level 5 felony; possession of child pornography, a Level 6 felony; and vicarious sexual gratification, a Level 4 felony.
In December 2017 a 13-year-old boy contacted police and reported Goodman made him expose himself, watch pornography, and said Goodman touched him in a sexual manner and took nude photographs of the boy with his cell phone.