East Point Police Sergeant Accused of Sexually Assaulting Two Teens
An East Point police officer who has been accused of sexually assaulting two 15-year-old girls in separate incidents has been fired by the department. Sgt. Richard Gooddine has been accused of following one of the victims and her mother to a local hospital hours after he had sexually assaulted the girl.
East Point police Chief Tommy Gardner gave the following statement:
“It was determined during the course of our internal affairs investigation that Gooddine had violated multiple departmental policies and procedures, which resulted in his termination.”
Gooddine was on paid administrative leave since Monday, when the claims were first brought against him. According to the girl, Gooddine detained her for violating curfew, brought her to the Village Highlands apartment complex, and sexually assaulted her for three hours before bringing her home. He was on duty at the time of the alleged sexual assault.
No criminal charges have been brought against Gooddine, as of August 22.
First Allegations Against Gooddine Made In 2007
The allegations made this year mark the second time Gooddine has been accused of sexually assaulting a teen girl. In 2011, he was accused of sexually assaulting a different 15-year-old girl. However, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute him for sexual battery and child molestation, claiming that it would not have been in the best interest of the victim, according to Channel 2.
Legal Recourse For Victims of Police Officer Sexual Assault
Brian Kent from AbuseGuardian.com is an experienced sexual assault victims lawyer. Here are some of his thoughts on how victims of police officer sexual assault can find justice:
Unfortunately, sexual misconduct by police officers is more common than many people realize. According to the Chicago Tribune, one study found that a police officer is arrested for sexual misconduct roughly once every five days in the United States.
The victims of sexual assault by police officers may have legal recourse by filing a lawsuit against the police department. In far too many cases, accusations of police officer misconduct are mishandled by police departments. Taking your case to civil court can ensure that these departments are held accountable for failing to do their utmost to curb police misconduct.
Taking legal action against the police is a challenge to be sure, but it can be done with the right legal counsel. Survivors of sexual assault and abuse by police officers should consider discussing their legal options with an experienced sexual assault victims lawyer.
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