The Metrowest Daily News had a chance to talk with Police Chief Jane Moran this week about why a registered Level 2 sex offender was allowed to live near a preschool for more than two years despite a town bylaw prohibiting it.
“It’s just a terrible mistake,” Moran told the newspaper. “It was (an) oversight.”
Moran told the MWDN Daniel J. Goichman, 50, who was arrested earlier this week on child pornography charges, registered his address as 26 East Main St., Apt. 2F with police in July 2010. That’s just a few houses down from Southborough Village Preschool. A 30-year veteran of the Southborough Police Department handled the registration, but failed to make the connection.
The MWDN reports multiple images of child pornography were found on Goichman’s computer when it was searched on September 27, including images of girls as young as 4 or 5 years old posing nude in sexual positions. Goichman pleaded not guilty in Westborough District Court Monday to three counts of possessing child pornography.
Chairman of the Board of Selectmen John Rooney earlier this week called the mistake “preventable,” and said an internal investigation into police procedures had been launched.
“I think it’s unfortunate that it slipped through the cracks, but fortunately it was caught,” Selectman Bill Boland, who lives on East Main Street, said on Tuesday.
“More information needs to come out about what happened,” Boland said. “I’m comfortable that the chief is doing that now.”
[Ed. note: The MWDN names the individual at the police station who took the report from Goichman. Many of you are rightly outraged by this incident, and it's clear mistakes were made, but I ask you to refrain from personal attacks and keep the conversation focused on what needs to be done to make sure this sort of thing doesn't happen again.]