Man gets 17 years in prison for sexually assaulting students in Manchester and Liverpool News

Charles Goodwin was called “unapathetic and manipulative” by a judge

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An “impathetic and manipulative” rapist who assaulted women in student housing has been jailed for 17 years.

Charles Goodwin, 21, was arrested for the rape of one woman in January 2020 but assaulted two others after he was released while police were investigating, the Liverpool Crown Court heard on Monday.

The court was told that Goodwin, a student, forced himself on his first victim in a taxi before raping her three times in a “sustained assault”, hitting her and grabbing her by the throat in student housing in Manchester.

He was arrested but released on bail and then under police investigation, the court heard.

Judge Garrett Byrne, who was sentenced, said: “One shocking aspect of this case, I think, is that after you were arrested on those charges, you were released, initially on bail, then released under investigation and you went on to rape.” (the second victim) and twice sexual abuse (the third victim).

“The fact that you were investigated for the first set of offenses did not slow you down or cause you to stop. In fact, the reverse is true.”

Goodwin’s second and third victims were attacked in student housing in Liverpool, the court heard.

Judge Byrne said part of Goodwin’s “modus operandi” was to get his victims drunk to exploit their vulnerability.

He added: “What was clear from all the evidence given by the victims is that you didn’t care whether they consented or not, their consent was a matter of complete indifference to you.

“You treated each of them not as a human being worthy of respect, but as a toy or a toy.

“You took the view once you got them under control, you could do with them whatever you wanted.”

He said he was convinced Goodwin was dangerous and ordered an extended three-year license period on top of his sentence.

The judge told Goodwin, “I saw you testifying. You came across to me as a very intelligent, cold, unsympathetic and manipulative person who knew very well what you were doing was wrong.”

Two of Goodwin’s victims were in court with family members for the sentencing.

Matthew Curtis, the prosecutor, read statements from the women, one who said she had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after the attack.

One woman said in her statement, “I now feel like any control I had can be taken from me at the whim of a man who just wants to get what he wants.”

Another victim said she had lost faith in people and avoided situations where she would drink with men.

She said, “I’m really scared of drunk guys.”

Katy Appleton, on the defensive, said: “Mr. Goodwin acknowledges some flaws in his behavior, namely his arrogance and attitude towards women.”

She said he had a difficult relationship with his mother, which shaped his negative view of women.

She told the court that he had a good character beforehand and “excellent” in college and at work.

Goodwin, of Hilbre Street, Liverpool, was found guilty on charges of four counts of rape, one count of assault by penetration, one count of attempted asphyxiation, assault involving actual bodily harm and two counts of assault.

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