For Immediate Release - September 22, 2009

Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office Announces Guilty Plea of Walpole Man Charged with Possessing Child Pornography

DEDHAM - Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office announced that Russell Goyette, age 62, of Walpole, pled guilty in Norfolk Superior Court yesterday to charges of Possession of Child Pornography (28 counts). Immediately after the change of plea was entered, Superior Court Judge Kenneth J. Fishman sentenced Goyette to two and a half years in the House of Correction, six months to serve, with the balance of the sentence suspended for a probationary period of five years. While on probation, Judge Fishman ordered that Goyette must:
  • Seek sex offender treatment;
  • Be monitored by electronic GPS bracelet;
  • Not have access to the internet;
  • Surrender his teaching license.

The Commonwealth recommended that Goyette be sentenced to three to five years in State Prison, and also recommended that he have no access to any children under the age of 18.

In February 2008, the Attorney General's Office began an investigation of Goyette with assistance from the Weymouth Police Department. Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office arrested Goyette in June 2008 in Walpole in connection with possessing child pornography at his former residence in Weymouth. At the time of the arrest, authorities also executed a search warrant at Goyette's home in Walpole and found numerous images of child pornography at the residence.

Goyette was indicted by a Norfolk County Grand Jury on June 3, 2008, for child pornography found at his former residence in Weymouth. He was arraigned the next day in Norfolk Superior Court on those charges. He entered a plea of not guilty and was subsequently released on $10,000 bail. Subsequently, a Norfolk County Grand Jury returned additional indictments on similar charges against Goyette on October 16, 2008, relating to child pornography found at his home in Walpole. He was arraigned in Norfolk Superior Court on October 28, 2008, where he entered a plea of not guilty and was released on pre-trial probation. Yesterday, Goyette entered a change of plea to guilty on all charges and was sentenced.

The cases were prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Anne Yas of Attorney General Coakley's Cybercrime Division, and were investigated by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office. The Weymouth Police Department also assisted with the investigation.

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