High-risk offender accused of pretrial lockup sex assault faces new charge

A second criminal charge has been laid against high-risk sex offender Jeffrey Goddard in connection with an alleged sexual assault at Surrey Pretrial Services Centre.

During an appearance in B.C. Provincial Court in Surrey on Friday, a charge of uttering threats was sworn against the 24-year-old. He was already facing a sexual assault charge.

On Oct. 4, Surrey RCMP received a complaint about a sexual assault at the pretrial centre, where Goddard was in custody on breach and fraud charges. After a two-week investigation, police submitted a report to Crown and the sex assault charge was approved.

Goddard has had a number of run-ins with the law over the past four years.

Goddard pleaded guilty in December 2010 to invitation to sexual touching, luring a child under 16 using a computer, impersonating a police officer and two breaches of his bail conditions. He was sentenced in June 2011 to 20 months less a day in jail and three years of probation.

In November 2012, he admitted to breaching his probation conditions. Goddard was sentenced on Jan. 24, 2013, to six months in jail but, after being given credit for time served, he was ordered to spend a further 12 days in custody.

Abbotsford police issued a public warning about Goddard after his release in February 2013. Goddard moved to Surrey a month later, and a second public warning was issued.

He was subject to a number of court-ordered conditions.

Last month, Goddard pleaded guilty to breaching his probation twice and fraud under $5,000. He was sentenced to one day in jail plus three years of probation for the breaches and 30 days in jail for the fraud.

Goddard is scheduled to appear in court next on Monday.

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