Man kills self in Bridgton on day he faces sex assault case

Posted Jan. 07, 2011, at 8:20 a.m.

BRENTWOOD, N.H. – Officials say a man found dead the day he was to go on trial for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in New Hampshire committed suicide.

Police in Bridgton, Maine, say officers were called to the home of 65-year-old Roger Goode on Monday morning, but found him dead.

Goode had been scheduled to go on trial Monday in Brentwood on 11 charges stemming from the sexual assault of a girl in 2009. He was arrested last January in a Hampstead parking lot where he had thought he was going to meet a teenage girl.

He had been free on bail.

Hampstead police Lt. John Frazier tells the Eagle-Tribune Goode’s death denied police and prosecutors the chance to convict Goode of the crimes he had been charged with.