NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — A Warwick man and former Electric Boat employee who admitted to producing child pornography on multiple occasions over more than 10 years was sentenced Friday to 260 years in federal prison.
Detectives from the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested Thomas Goodman, 45, on May 17, 2018, after Electric Boat Security confiscated Goodman’s cell phone when he violated company policy by using the cell phone on Electric Boat property. While searching the phone, Electric Boat security found a vast quantity of child pornography.
The phone was turned over to a North Kingstown Police Department detective, who confirmed that the phone contained child pornography.
According to information presented in U.S. District Court, a subsequent investigation by members of the task force, including a court-authorized search of Goodman’s home, a forensic examination of his electronic devices and interviews with Goodman determined that he possessed approximately 7,800 images and 370 videos of child pornography. Detectives found that at least 62 of the videos and 135 of the images of child pornography involved prepubescent minors, and that they were created by Goodman between September 2007 and February 2018.
In interviews with law enforcement, Goodman also admitted to having had sexual contact with at least three prepubescent girls.
Goodman, who has been jailed since his arrest on May 17, 2018, pleaded guilty on Oct. 11 to eight counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.
U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. sentenced Goodman to 260 years in federal prison. Goodman was also ordered to pay a mandatory assessment of $5,000 on each of the nine counts he pleaded guilty to as provided for in the Justice for Victims Trafficking Act.
U.S. Attorney Aaron L. Weisman, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police Colonel James M. Manni, Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Peter C. Fitzhugh, and North Kingstown Police Chief Patrick Flanagan announced the sentencing Friday. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lee H. Vilker.