Man sentenced to 35 years in child sex case
WOODSTOCK – A New Market man was sentenced Friday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to 35 years in prison after Judge Dennis L. Hupp rejected his bid to withdraw an earlier guilty plea to being a second-degree principal in the rape of a child.
Hupp said the 35-year prison term amounted to a life sentence for Robert Lee Good, 49.
Good’s attorney, Bradley Pollack, argued that the plea agreement under which Good was convicted was no longer valid. Pollack said a sex offender evaluation and a pre-sentencing report both resurrected a list of charges against Good that had been dropped in exchange for the defendant’s decision to enter an Alford plea of guilty. An Alford plea allows a defendant to continue maintaining he is innocent while acknowledging the prosecution has enough evidence to convict him.
Hupp told Pollack he realized that Good was still professing his innocence regarding most of the charges contained in the sex offender and pre-sentencing reports. But, the judge said, Pollack’s arguments fell short of what was needed to allow Good to withdraw his pleas of guilty to child rape and taking indecent liberties with a child.
“They’re reprehensible enough,” Hupp said of the offenses to which Good pleaded guility. “It’s certainly understandable why the commonwealth would be asking for serious sanctions on these offenses.”
A co-defendant in the case, Tina Hillsman, is scheduled to be sentenced later this month.
The case against Good and Hillsman stems from an incident in a New Market motel in 2008. The couple was living in the motel at the time and had sex in front of a boy who was 8 years old at the time. Authorities also said Hillsman, in response to repeated requests by Good, had sexual intercourse with the boy.
The couple was initially charged in 2011 but the case was dropped after the victim recanted testimony against them. The boy later agreed to talk to an investigator from the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office again after telling a counselor that he didn’t want Good and Hillsman to sexually abuse another child.
Good told Hupp that he was “very sorry this happened.”
Hupp called the case “beyond the pale” and offensive to “the moral standards of just about anybody.”
Tensions rose as bailiffs led the defendant away after the sentencing.
Good looked out into the courtroom and shook his head.
“It ain’t right, babe,” he said to one of his supporters gathered on one side of the courtroom.
“No, it’s not,” a woman replied.
Moments later, bailiffs ordered Good’s supporters out of the courtroom when a woman among them approached some adults who attended the hearing on behalf of the victim.
The woman told the boy’s supporters that she hoped he “has nightmares.”
Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or firstname.lastname@example.org
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