By Margie Wuebker
A Celina man has been sentenced to prison after admitting he took a sexually explicit photograph of an 11-year-old girl and posted the image on his computer.
John R. Goyman, 48, 314 W. Warren St., showed no emotion as Mercer County Common Pleas Jeffrey Ingraham imposed stiff prison sentences in two cases.
Goyman will serve concurrent terms of six years for pandering obscenity involving a minor, a second-degree felony, and three years gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony. He received another four years in prison in the second case involving one count of pandering, with the time to be served consecutive to the first.
Additionally, Goyman was found to be a sexually oriented offender, meaning he must register annually with the county sheriff in the jurisdiction he lives. The requirement begins upon his release from prison and continues for 10 years.
The charges stem from a Sept. 23 incident, which occurred at the Goyman home. He encouraged the girl to touch his genital area and took photographs of her doing so. Investigators also found other child pornography Goyman apparently downloaded onto his computer. "I'm not a bad person," the defendant said prior to sentencing. "In one situation I was not man enough to do the right thing."
As for the other images on his computer, the defendant admitted they were inappropriate. Shrugging his shoulders, Goyman added he should have been more careful about the things he was downloading from the Internet.
He vowed to do whatever needed to make sure no similar offenses brought him back to the courtroom in the future.
Defense attorney Dan Myers requested no prison time in the second case, explaining the offense involved "Jack getting on the computer in his own room." Placing Goyman on community control sanctions would give the court "some kind of hold" over the defendant once he completed likely incarceration in the first case.
Mercer County Assistant Prosecutor Matt Fox urged Ingraham to consider significant prison time in both matters, including the case involving child pornography Goyman had downloaded.
"This is a case of multiple victimization," Fox said. "Young boys and girls are compelled locally and globally to have pictures taken during various acts. If it were not for users, there would be no need for them to be victimized."
He added Goyman's words about the growing relationship between perpetrator and victim especially bothered him. "The hair on my neck stood up as he talked about the relationship getting closer and closer. What we have here is a prime example of grooming of a victim."
"The court cannot help but acknowledge the seriousness of the actions in case 04-CRM-105 (the first case)," Ingraham told the defendant. "The court is deeply concerned how the relationship facilitated the offense. The harm is so great and unusual that a minimum sentence would demean the seriousness of the crime. Things like this will not be tolerated in our community."