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Opening statements set today in Upper Valley resident’s sex-assault trial

Edward Goodwin, age 57, of 86 NH Route 4A, Apt. 8, Lebanon

NASHUA – Jurors were seated Monday and opening statements are set to begin this morning in the trial of former local resident Edward Goodwin, who is facing felony charges accusing him of sexually assaulting a young girl in Nashua nearly a decade ago.

Lawyers in the case filed a flurry of motions and responses in the days leading up to the trial, which is scheduled to get underway at 10 a.m. in Hillsborough County Superior Court South.

Goodwin, 57, of 86 N.H. Route 4A in Lebanon, is charged with two counts each of aggravated felonious sexual assault – pattern, and felonious sexual assault, which are classified as extended-term felonies, according to the indictments.

A third count of AFSA – pattern was dismissed by prosecutors. According to Goodwin’s case file, that charge involved allegations by a young male that Goodwin sexually assaulted him back in 1994-95, when the boy was 4-5 years old.

This week’s trial comes nearly 6 years after Nashua police issued warrants for Goodwin’s arrest, based on reports by a girl who told police he allegedly molested her between 2010-12, when she was 11-12 years old.

Nashua and Lebanon police, along with members of the U.S. Marshal’s Service, caught up with Goodwin in March 2018 and took him into custody.

According to police reports and court documents, Goodwin, who is a registered sex offender, allegedly disappeared from the Nashua area sometime after police initiated their investigation in April 2014.

Dean Shalhoup may be reached at 594-1256 or dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com.