The New York Post has reported that the fugitive was caught in California. US Marshals arrested 56-year-old Gordon Golding on November 20, 2021. Golding was wanted for sexual abuse charges from when he was employed as a part-time kickboxing instructor at the Paradise Valley Community College's Fitness Center located at 18401 N 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85032.
Earlier reporting from ABC 15 detailed how the alleged "serial child predator" was released on bond after being arrested in August. Goulding's victims included two 13-year-old girls, a 17-year-old girl, and a 25-year-old woman. However, court documents claim that the abuse for some victims may have started as early as eight.
By using his position as a kickboxing instructor, Goulding was able to win the trust of his victims. He is also being accused of using Instagram to draw in his victims. He is charged with going to their school and providing victims with vape pens. Victims claim he would pick them up from their house late at night before getting them drunk and high by giving drugs, such as marijuana and alcohol. Multiple girls claimed that he would encourage them to get naked and he would tie them up with "fuzzy chains" before touching and taking pictures of them, which he claimed he would delete later.
Police reported that he would instruct the victims to lie about their age to another person at his house. In December, an investigation at his home led police to find the pictures and videos that included at least ten of him with minors engaging in sexual acts.
Following his second arrest in September, Goulding was released on bond with an ankle bracelet monitor. However, he allegedly sawed off the monitor and fled the state. Federal agents conducted a manhunt and were finally able to apprehend him in Lake Tahoe, California.
Attorney contributor Kevin Biniazan is an experienced community college sex abuse lawyer who has represented student sex abuse victims and their parents in civil lawsuits for years. Kevin recently sat down with Legal Herald, sharing his thoughts on the legal rights of these victims and families. He went over some of the legal options, including sexual abuse victims' right to file a lawsuit against negligent community colleges.
"Schools, institutions, and colleges have a legal duty to make sure their students are safe from preventable dangers, including sexual predators. Precautions might include conducting background checks, installing video monitoring cameras, and utilizing a proper reporting system. Sadly, there have recently been widespread reports of coaches and instructors taking advantage of their positions to gain students' trust before sexually abusing them. Some of these cases were preventable and only happened due to negligence by the college."
"An investigation following a reported incident of misconduct or abuse will look at both the accused instructor and the college itself. If negligence is found, the college can be held liable in a sex abuse lawsuit filed by the victim. For example, a college might be considered negligent for failing to run background checks or investigate prior misconduct reports. Victims of sexual assault by an instructor should seek the guidance of an experienced community college sex abuse lawyer."