(UNDATED) – The offices of Lawrence Superior Court 1 will be closed today to conduct jury selection in case of the State of Indiana verses Brent G. Goodman.
To maintain social distancing during jury selection, Judge John Plummer III, has ordered jury selection to take place at the historic Mitchell Opera House.
Jury selection is expected to take one day.
Judge Plummer has ordered the prospective jurors to appear for jury duty at the Mitchell Opera House on September 9, 2020, at 8:30 a.m.
The offices of Lawrence Superior Court 1 will reopen on Thursday, September 10, 2020, at 8:00 a.m.
Except for jury selection, the jury trial will take place in the courtroom of the Lawrence Superior Court 1 on Thursday, and Friday.
Brent G. 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.
Goodman is being represented by Indianapolis Attorney Denise Turner. Lawrence County Prosecutor Sam Arp will be presenting the case for the state.
In December 2017 a 13 year old boy contacted police and reported Goodman made him expose himself, according to a Lawrence Superior Court I probable cause affidavit.
According to Indiana State Police detectives the child lived with Goodman through foster care from June 2016 until August 2017.
He alleged Goodman made him watch pornography and said Goodman touched him in a sexual manner and took nude photographs of the boy with his cell phone. The boy said Goodman also showed him nude pictures of other boys on Goodman’s cell phone.
After obtaining a search warrant for Goodman’s home. Police seized several cell phones. Police found one of the cell phones contained multiple nude images of young males. ISP Detective Brad Stille reported he recognized Goodman’s kitchen and master bedroom in some of the photos. Police also reported Goodman’s phone contained pornographic searches for “teen males.”
Goodman was booked into the Lawrence County jail and posted a $5,005 cash bond and was released.