PICKAWAY – A previous sex offender that was a registered sex offender pleaded no contest after being caught again with thousands of files of pornographic images involving minors in May and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, is now out on Bond and home during an appeal on his case.
According to the Circleville Police department on February 22nd, 2021, the Circleville Police Department, Circleville Probation Department, and the Pickaway County Sheriffs’ Office in conjunction with the Ohio State Highway Patrol Computer Crimes Unit conducted a search warrant at 423 East Franklin Street after receiving tips that pornographic images involving minors were being sent and received at the residence. Upon the search warrant being conducted multiple electronic devices were seized for evidentiary processing along with multiple firearms.
On, March 5th, 2021 the digital evidence analysis was completed and it was discovered that over 1,000 files of pornographic images involving minors were located on an electronic device belonging to Nicholas Goff. Nicholas, who is also a registered Tier II sex offender, was previously convicted for charges related to possessing pornographic images of minors. During his trial, Goff did not stay in jail but was released on a 50,000-dollar bond and was on house arrest.
In May pleaded guilty to Four counts of Pandering Sexually Oriented Matter Involving a Minor or Impaired Person – F2 Three counts of Pandering Sexually Oriented Matter Involving a Minor or Impaired Person. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison a Lifetime tier 3 sex offender, and 10,000 dollars in fines.
Shortly after the trial Nicholas Goff hired an attorney and appealed the sentence imposed in his case. His attorney filed a notice of appeal as well as a request to suspend the execution of the sentence imposed by the Court. The Court, in response to said motion to stay sentencing, set a $250,000 appeal bond. Mr. Goff’s family was able to secure and post such a bond.
Therefore, during the pendency of his appeal, absent any violations of the bond, Mr. Goff will remain out of prison. Conditions of his bond are he is “not to possess any electronic devices, including computers, phones, tablets, and other related devices.”