Alleged child molester caught

Nashua police photo Edward Goodwin, age 55, of 86 NH Route 4A, Apt. 8, Lebanon

NASHUA – A 55-year-old resident of the Upper Valley town of Lebanon, wanted by Nashua authorities in connection with child sexual-assault allegations from nearly four years ago, was captured late last week and returned to Nashua in police custody.

Edward Goodwin, of 86 Route 4A, Apt. 8, was initially held at Valley Street jail in Manchester on $100,000 cash bail, police said Monday. He had been scheduled for arraignment Friday in Nashua district court.

Officers from Nashua and Lebanon, along with members of the U.S. Marshal’s Service, took Goodwin into custody shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday, police said.

He is charged with one count each of aggravated felonious sexual assault, a Class A felony, and felonious sexual assault, a Class B felony, according to police.

The arrest culminated an investigation Nashua police initiated in April 2014,

after a girl reported that she “was inappropriately touched,” allegedly by Goodwin, at a Nashua residence when she was under 13 years of age.

About a year and a half later, in November 2015, police said “another victim came forward,” reporting that Goodwin allegedly sexually assaulted him, also when he was under age 13.

That victim also told police that he “was forced to engage in a pattern of sexual assaults,” allegedly by Goodwin.

Police said that while the investigations into the allegations were in progress, Goodwin, who is a registered sex offender, left the Nashua area.

Eventually, members of the department’s Special Investigations Division learned of Goodwin’s whereabouts, and promptly issued a warrant for his arrest.

According to news reports from 2015, an Edward Goodwin, then 52 and residing on Meriden Road in Lebanon, was indicted in Hillsborough County Superior Court South in August 2015 on two counts of felonious sexual assault, alleging that he “fondled and engaged in sexual activity with a girl who was under age 13” in Nashua, between January 2010 and December 2012.

Whether those charges are connected to Goodwin’s recent arrest wasn’t immediately known.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, or @Telegraph_DeanS.