A Rhode Island man jailed for 260 years in prison for producing child pornography involving prepubescent children fainted in court when the judge read out his sentence.
Thomas Goodman, 45, was told his crimes showed “depravity beyond comprehension” by Judge John McConnell at the US District Court in Providence.
The paedophile pleaded guilty to eight counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography last October.
Prosecutors said Goodman had begun sexually abusing two young girls when they were six-years-old, and had also filmed himself inappropriately touching a three-week-old baby.
He collapsed onto the table in front of him as the judge handed him eight 30 year sentences and one 20 year sentence, according to the Providence Journal.
Coming to a few minutes later, Goodman reportedly said: “I have no excuse for this” before he was led away to prison.
He was arrested by detectives from the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force in May 2018 after his employer had confiscated his phone.
“While conducting a search of the phone, Electric Boat Security discovered a vast quantity of child pornography,” said the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Rhode Island in a statement.
“The phone was turned over to a North Kingstown Police Department detective who confirmed that the phone contained child pornography.”
The 45-year-old was subsequently found to possess approximately 7,800 images and 370 videos of child pornography.
The ICAC task force determined that at least 62 of the videos and 135 of the images of child pornography had been created by Goodman over a ten-year period.
In interviews with law enforcement officials, he also admitted to having had sexual contact with at least three prepubescent females.