FARMINGTON, Maine — A Franklin County justice ordered a Westbrook man to the Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta for observation and treatment before he is sentenced on child sex abuse charges.
Steven Goozey, 39, was scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in Franklin County Superior Court.
Goozey, a former police officer, pleaded guilty Oct. 5 to 10 counts of unlawful sexual contact with a child under the age of 12. He entered pleas of not guilty after he was indicted May 12, on a higher classification of the charges. The offenses occurred between June 13, 2006, and May 30, 2010, according to the court.
Assistant District Attorney James Andrews told the court in October that if the case had gone to trial, the victim would have testified that the sexual touching happened more than 20 times. She would also say that Goozey told her he would go to jail if she told anyone about the incidents, Andrews said. And she would have testified that she told her mother in March 2011 because she didn’t want it to happen to her younger sister.
Assistant District Attorney Andrew Robinson called the victim and family into the jury room Thursday with victim advocates to talk prior to the sentencing hearing began.
There was to be a delay in sentencing.
After Goozey pleaded guilty in October, he presented himself to a hospital in Southern Maine and was admitted and has been there since, Justice Michaela Murphy told the court.
The information the court received was Goozey was suicidal over the losses he would incur because of his conviction, Murphy said.
The hospital has since provided information that describes Goozey’s condition as psychosis, she said.
“Mr. Goozey, you know you are going to be sentenced?” Justice Murphy asked.
“Yes, I do, your honor,” Goozey said.
If the court went through with the sentencing Thursday, Justice Murphy said that because of Goozey’s psychotic condition he could appeal and most likely to get the sentence reversed.
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