By Greg Sowinski firstname.lastname@example.org
July 8, 2014
OTTAWA — A Continental man convicted of raping a 9-year-old girl was escorted out of the courtroom Tuesday to spend the rest of his life in prison while continuing to maintain his innocence.
Timothy Good, 53, was sentenced on rape and gross sexual imposition. He had nothing to say when the judge asked if he wanted to make a statement.
Good’s attorney, Bill Kluge, said Good planed to appeal and would not have anything to say. He said Good maintains his innocence.
But Putnam County Prosecutor Todd Schroeder said a jury found there was evidence to show Good raped the young girl. Schroeder asked the judge for the maximum sentence of life in prison, rather than having a chance for parole after 15 years, saying Good has led a life of crime.
In the rape case, Good raped the girl Nov. 7, 2010. The other charge was for an assault last year on Nov. 3 involving a different child, Schroeder said.
The first crime surfaced in 2010 after the girl told friends and those friends told their parents who informed authorities. Investigators tried to find Good but he had a transient lifestyle and they could not locate him, Schroeder said.
Eventually he resurfaced and the 2013 crime happened, which another adult witnessed. Authorities were called and arrested Good, which led to an investigation in the rape case.
The victim “suffers greatly from the offense the defendant committed against her. She will never fully recover,” Schroeder said.
Judge Randall Basinger expanded on Good’s life of crime saying he’s committed crimes for the past 35 years, all his adult life. Those crimes include other felonies such as burglary and domestic violence. He also has numerous trespassing charges, drunken-driving offenses and other criminal cases, the judge said.
Basinger classified Good a Tier 3 sex offender, which, should Good somehow be released — if the conviction stands will not happen — he would have to register as a sex offender with the Sheriff’s Office in the county he lives for the rest of his life every three months.