New Market man pleads guilty to child rape
WOODSTOCK — A New Market man is facing life imprisonment after pleading guilty Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to raping an 8-year-old boy in a motel room.
Robert Lee Good, 49, is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 16. Judge Dennis L. Hupp ordered a pre-sentence report and a sex offender evaluation after Good entered Alford pleas to rape and taking indecent liberties with a child. An Alford plea allows a defendant to maintain he is innocent of a crime while admitting that the prosecution has enough evidence to persuade a judge or jury that he is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Louis Campola submitted a written statement of the evidence against Good. Prosecutors usually deliver an oral summary of the evidence but Campola said details of the case against Good were too graphic.
“It’s just a matter you don’t want to voice these things in open court,” Hupp told Campola, adding that he understood Campola’s decision, “given the nature of this case.”
Good was a co-defendant in the case with a woman described by authorities as his former girlfriend. Tina Hillsman, 35 is scheduled for a jury trial on Sept. 23 on a list of eight sex charges.
The defendants were initially charged with a total of 17 sex offenses linked to a series of crimes authorities say were committed in 2010 and 2011. A change in the wording of the rape indictment against Good identifies him as a principal in the second degree female rape of the boy.
Campola said in his written statement that most of the charges against Good were being dropped with the agreement of the victim’s family members. They were worried that much of the progress made by the victim in mental health counseling would be undone if he were forced to testify about having sexual intercourse with Hillsman, Campola said.
“The commonwealth does not want to victimize the victim twice,” Campola wrote.
The written statement describes an incident at a New Market motel in early 2008 where Hillsman and Goodman lived at the time. The boy saw Good and Hillsman having sexual intercourse in the room and told them, “I know what you’re doing,” the statement reported.
Good asked the child “if he wanted to come and watch them have sex,” the statement says.
Part of the remainder of the statement recounts that Hillsman was willing to testify that Good was instructing the boy in graphic detail on “what to do during sex.”
Another part of the written statement describes an incident in which Hillsman, “after persistent asking by Good” agreed to have sexual intercourse with the boy.
The written statement says the case was a reopening of an earlier case that had been dropped in 2011 after the victim recanted his testimony against Good and Hillsman.
The statement says the child, who subsequently underwent mental health counseling, agreed to talk to an investigator from the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office later in 2011 after reporting to the counselor that he was worried that Good and Hillsman would sexually abuse another child. The counselor then called the Sheriff’s Office.
The statement also reported that Hillsman admitted her guilt and told an investigator that she was prepared to testify against Good.
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