Goddu to be retried in March

Full story: Lowell Sun

A Chelmsford official and former Timberlane High School teacher whose rape trial ended in a hung jury last month will be retried in March.
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1 - 16 of 16 Comments Last updated Apr 5, 2009
saveusinchelmsfo rd

Billerica, MA

#1 Jan 4, 2008
16 Years old is legal age of consent? Thought it was
18? The new Town of Chelmsfords official motto needs to be, "Chew and Screw". LOL,historical commission? What a mess this town is.
Mess up the town, spend tons of money, screw up the tax system with businesses,and overpaid teachers, then run to Lowell.
gottagift

United States

#2 Jan 4, 2008
i have been through a fair number of relationships with other women. Though none were constrained within the bounds of marriage. All where non-the-less legal and within societal norms.
I believe it is apparent that, although the relationship between goddu and the young lady might be apparently doomed for failure..It is by no means, should be seen as contrary to the law as it is written.
I myself would not want o, or seek toengage in a relationship with a lady who's parents age3 are equal to my own. But i sincerely feel that Mr Goddu should not be tried as a criminal in this matter.

It is as though the Commonwealth is accusing him of doing something which is illegal. When in fact, the young lady agreed to and allowed such behavior by Mr Goddu to proceed.

I, myself, had had the blessing to en gage in a reletionship of love with a lady at he age of 23, When i was in fact as old as 38 years of age..

It is my belief, that the young lady needs to grow, experience, and learn.. About he rises and pitfalls of committed relationship. Likewise, so to does this gentleman by the name of Goddu need to grow and learn.

Perhaps, because he is older, we might hold him accountable to a higher standard. But do we honestly want to have a law that appleis to one but not to all?
what the

Chelmsford, MA

#3 Jan 4, 2008
lots of pervs in chelmsford!
what the

Chelmsford, MA

#4 Jan 4, 2008
gottagift...
It wasn't a relationship, it was AGAINST THE LAW! He should have known better!
gottagift

United States

#5 Jan 4, 2008
According to his Attorney, and, the Jury....No law had been Broken. A heart or two perhaps. But No Law.
Teacher

Atkinson, NH

#6 Mar 21, 2008
A 45 year old Timberlane HS teacher with a 16 year old student! Kevin Goddu belongs in jail or hung! It was a mistrial...he was not acquitted.

He is a pig!
OMG

Atkinson, NH

#7 Mar 21, 2008
He is married with kids!

He should be in jail!
his student

Chestnut Hill, MA

#8 Apr 1, 2008
i dont kno what concept of law you understand, but you actually need to break a law to end up in jail.
his defense is correct, no laws were broken. the aggravated sexual assault charge is false; she admitted to friends at my school and bragged about her 'consensual sex' with mr. goddu. she loved this man. it was only when the story reached the ears of her parents that the violence was made up and thrown into the story.
they both made mistakes, but if anyone, especially a teacher from newton belives he should 'be hung', then they need to get a grip on reality and learn something.
concerned

Waltham, MA

#9 Apr 2, 2008
I know that as a middle aged adult I have a responsibility to keep all relationships on a professional level. This man crossed the line with a young girl, consentual or not it's wrong! It is imperative that he be held accountable. If he engaged in a relationship other than teacher student, he needs to be held accountable. Teachers are held to a high standard for a reason! Get real! If he crossed the line, he's gotta GO!
ACCOUNTABLE

AOL

#10 Apr 4, 2008
IT WAS CONSENTUAL, BUT ETHICALLY IMPERMISSIBLE. hE WAS HELD ACCOUNTABLE BY VOLUNTARILY RESIGNING.
LET THE CONSEQUENCES FIT THE MISTAKE, I.E., HE WILL NEVER TEACH AGAIN. TEN YEARS IN PRISON SHOULD NOT BE THE CONSEQUENCE OF A LEGALLY CONSENTUAL 1-TIME AFFAIR, WHICH WAS UNDERSTOOD AS
IMPERMISSIBLE RIGHT AFTER IT HAPPENED AND NEVER HAPPENED AGAIN, BUT ONLY HAPPENED IN THE FIRST PLACE BECAUSE OF PROLONGED, OVERT FLIRTING BY THE YOUNG WOMAN
ACCOUNTABLE

AOL

#11 May 8, 2008
The final result is that the county atty agrees that no sexual crime, not to mention 16 alleged crimes, ever occurred. The state allowed the father's emotion - over his daughter's ill-advised affair - to dictate police actions, without explaining to the parents what they would be putting their daughter through.
County A

Atkinson, NH

#13 Jul 8, 2008
ACCOUNTABLE wrote:
The final result is that the county atty agrees that no sexual crime, not to mention 16 alleged crimes, ever occurred. The state allowed the father's emotion - over his daughter's ill-advised affair - to dictate police actions, without explaining to the parents what they would be putting their daughter through.
Police charged and arrested him and would not have done so without cause. In turn the Grand Jury indicted him. I doubt the parents could have forced these actions. Five jurors found him guilty on ALL COUNTS. Charges are still pending and he will likely be tried again or plea.
Kevin Goddu was a trusted teacher who raped a student. He was and is a predator and they often groom their victims over time. He did just that and email evidence of "grooming" got him indicted.
There is a great deal more to this than what is written in rags.
anonymous

Atkinson, NH

#14 Jul 25, 2008
read the Nashua Telegraph articles guys and read about PREDATORS and how they make their victims feel.
HE RAPED her you idiots...she is way to young to consent to a man who's old enough to be her father.
How would YOU feel if a 45 year old man wanted to have sex with YOUR DAUGHTER???
A Person

Atkinson, NH

#15 Aug 17, 2008
Raped... ok
tom

Cambridge, MA

#16 Dec 11, 2008
Mr. Goddu and the girl developed a relationship. She would come into his class during my study along with another friend and she would flirt with him constantly, she even went as far as "making a religion" called Godduism where he was the god. And he raped her? sure he did. he was going through marital problems, his wife left with his kids. She agreed to meet Mr. Goddu at the mall, then proceded to go with him to his brother-in-laws house to have sex. She bragged about it to friends, and the night after doing it, called her boyfriend to brag about it. he then promptly called her parents to inform them of what had taken place, and from then on out it was "rape." It was her parents who pressured her into saying he raped her. It was not right, and he did know better, but I'd say they both played a part in their relationship.
another rape victim

Atkinson, NH

#17 Apr 5, 2009
When I was young, I was also raped by my teacher. But I never had the guts to tell anyone. I thought I loved him and wanted him, but he raped me and I realized that he didn't care about me. He cared about himself and about power. ALL YOU IDIOT KIDS on here do not have a place to say anything. You are not her. and you would be the last people in the WORLD that Mr. Goddu would ever show his dark side to. How would you feel if that were your father wanting to have sex wiht a 16 year old? These men that do this are psychotic. They build a reputation so that people wont suspect them. They lust over our children, grooming them in a predatory manner, testing their secrecy so that the girl believes whatever they say. They isolate their victims so that they feel like they are the only person the girl can trust in the world. They threaten the girl with anger, death threats, physical abuse. And I can imagine that this story was surely twisted to the defense's favor since the defense attorney happened to work for one of the papers covering the story. The bottom line is that it does not matter if the girl though she loved him or not. HE took advantage. and clearly this girl was left confused and disturbed. I don't care what rumors you all heard. You do NOT know this girl. And she was brave enough to tell someone what happened to her. I kept it inside, and that man who did that to me is still out there somewhere. at least this man is being punished to some degree.

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