FBI busts sheriff’s deputy Goossens for child porn

August 19, 2008

By DANIEL BLACKBURN and KAREN VELIE

San Luis Obispo County Deputy Sheriff Bryan Goossens was arrested Monday by federal agents as part of a widespread roundup of suspected members of a child pornography ring. Two other county men also have been named and face charges.

Officials said the suspects used the Internet to trade photographs.

Goossens, who caused a five-car accident in Atascadero in July, was one of more than 50 people in southern and central California whose arrests or indictments are being announced later this morning by a multi-agency task force in Los Angeles. (Additional details will be posted on this site later this morning.)

A federal agent said today that a like-minded group which included San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Deputy Bryan Goossens and 51 others shared “very disturbing and graphic” images of children depicting bestiality and bondage.

Calling the evidence “horrific,” Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jorge Guzman told CalCoastNews.com that 26 children, aged 2 to 17, have been removed from “dangerous environments” by appropriate family and child services officials.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said Jeremy Neubauer, 29, of Nipomo, a part-time postal employee, also was arrested Monday. The identity of the third person was not immediately available.

A 20-year employee of the sheriff’s department, Goossens was taken into custody and transported to Los Angeles for booking in a federal detention facility. It was unclear if he had yet posted bail Tuesday morning. Goossens has been on paid administrative leave since July 11. FBI agents seized a computer and other items recently from Goossens’ home.

Following the July 19 vehicle incident in which Goossens’ pickup truck sideswiped and totaled four parked cars before rolling over twice, Atascadero police investigators routed their report through other-than-normal channels. As a result, the spectacular 9:15 a.m. collision nearly escaped public attention. Police did not cite the suspended deputy. No media in San Luis Obispo County reported on the accident except CalCoastNews.com.

Goossens was hired in 1988 and had been assigned to patrol duty at the sheriff’s Templeton office. He spent three years working as a corrections officer before becoming a deputy in 1991.


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  1. ccn_debate says:

    Member Opinions:
    By: Anonymous on 8/26/08
    Yet another black eye for the profession, guilty or not. Unfortunate for the cops that gotta go to work tomorrow under this black cloud.
    By: Anonymous on 8/26/08
    Brian has always had problems since he was hired as a patrol deputy. You should have seen him in the academy!

    I had no idea he is such an alleged freak and cannot believe this. If guilty, I am so glad he got arrested and sent to jail!

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  2. ccn_debate says:

    By: Anonymous on 8/26/08
    Hey OmegaBlog, then what are YOU smoking that makes YOU think your posts are either smart of lucid?

    By: Anonymous on 8/25/08
    Hey Pot n' Porn: Smoking weed doesn't really make you smarter or more lucid. It just makes you FEEL that way.

    Next time, think about that before you post.
    By: Anonymous on 8/25/08
    So, Omegablog, here you are bringing up marijuana again. You want to get the last word in slamming it and accusing people of being "potheads" because they believe in compassionate care (or getting high, whatever.)

    So you bring up pot, and yet you have nothing much to offer in the discussion of child porn. You're a little bit mixed up, I think.

    You want to discuss child porn? Go right ahead. No one is stopping you.
    By: Anonymous on 8/23/08
    I think the point Dragnet is making is valid. We have a child porn ring operating in our county that includes a member of law enforcement. Uncoslo does a great story about it, and yet people continue to change the subject to potheads not getting enough weed.

    I am far more concerned about pervs walking the streets of our county, than I am about some schmoe who breaks federal law by selling pot, and then gets busted for it.
    By: Anonymous on 8/23/08
    Hey Dragnet, what makes you so obsessed with talking about child porn? And who is stopping you? Go to it mister. Tell us all about it.
    By: Anonymous on 8/22/08
    Why don't all you potheads go off and smoke some rope while the rest of us discuss the issue at hand, which is CHILD PORN.

    I have a hard time sympathizing with a bunch of ageing hippies whose greatest problem in life is that (GASP!) they can't get the bud legally. Pervs are destroying children, but all you can talk about is weed. Get your prorities straight!
    By: Anonymous on 8/21/08
    My dad once said, "trust no one." Then he wanted to know if I wanted him to hold my money I made from babysitting. I never got the money back. He was teaching me a cheap lesson. Trust no one. Years later that lesson has protected me and I have kept out of situations that could have cost me.
    It is so sad to think that kids need to be weary of cops and postal workers. Such a strange world
    I think we need more "Pay it forward" type movies. All the movie violence has contributed to a menally ill society. Crap in crap out. Turn off the TV and read a good book.
    In closing, there are a lot of good officers here on the CC. There are a few strange ones, but I think there are more good than bad; at least on the Sheriffs Dept. I can not say what the city cops are like since I am rural.
    Furthermore, if the "5 car" was covered up, then there is a big problem in A Town. I hope they at least did not let him continue driving providing his car was still mobile. That is the code at work. Nice………NOT!!!

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  3. ccn_debate says:

    By: Anonymous on 8/21/08
    TSTRONG……..What do you suggest?Release the perve to continue his assualt on the innocent.I say toss him in the pen with the one's he has busted.They'll know what to do.wink,wink
    By: Anonymous on 8/21/08
    Now it's plain to see what Goossens was reaching for when he had the car wreck.He was hiding his child porno tapes.
    Hope they call me for Jury duty.
    By: Anonymous on 8/21/08
    So child porn defendants get out out on $5000 bail and lynch gets a $400,000 bail? Also Medical Marijuana defendants have their children taken immediately by CPS I think the same should happen here. Up the bail to 500k and get his children away from him before he molests them…Whats good for the Gander is good for the Goosens…
    By: Anonymous on 8/20/08
    Will these potheads ever get over this. Fight to change the LAW or is your brain to clouded with THC,
    By: Anonymous on 8/20/08
    Sheriff Pat Hedges should be held accountable in this case and should be charged as a co conspirator of the child porn ring. This is what they did to Charles Lynch. Since an employee of Lynch's was caught selling out on the streets without Lynch's consent Lynch was held criminally liable for his employees actions. I think the same should be held in this case, since Goosens worked for Sheriff Pat Hedges, Hedges should be held criminally liable as a conspirator of the child porn ring.
    By: Anonymous on 8/20/08
    Most of you all are forgetting the concept innocent til proven guilty! What's disgusting is that if it were you or a family member of yours, you'd be begging people to reserve judgement!!!!!! Also, Goossens is a deputy,and has been a good one since 1991, but like all HUMANS, error in judgement occurs, sad that some of you don't believe in our system. Wait, you don't know anything, nor do I, so doesn't it seem reasonable to no assume you do, cause remember what ASS UMING does!
    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    Whoops… meant to say a Cal Poly basketball RECRUIT was arrested on bank robbery charges.
    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    Here's yet another story the Tribune has yet to report… http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/myfox/MyFox/pages/
    Seems a Cal Poly basketball was arrested on bank robbery charges in Wisconsin. Apparently, 7-footers don't make the best getaway drivers.
    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    I think that could be true. I hear than when the facts come out its going to be a nightmare.
    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    Makes me think the accident was a failed suicide attempt.
    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    Nice story about how an innocent person can get caught up. We all receive unsolicited pornography from time to time on the internet especially if you go to porn sites. I don't think the case with Goossens is anything near to what happened with your friend. Trust me- this is going to be BAD.

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  4. ccn_debate says:

    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    Goossens obviously had some people on the Atascadero PD fooled too. We know that at least one high ranking detective was his buddy or was it common courtesy?
    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    hmmmm kinda fishy…. (re:Cindy) uh HELLO he swore into the State/Fed Laws and upholds the Constitution.. but he didnt know it was illegal…try again-
    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    The mother of Mr. Gooseens children must be going crazy right now. Probably has been for the last few weeks. i wonder if she knew anything about this? How old are his children?
    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    Rollo T says If Goose can be as sick as the charge suggests, so can anyone you hold in high regard.
    I agree
    Yes, its like the serial killer who is the nice neighbor and no one knows about the bodies in the cellar. Same thing with pedafiles. People must watch out for all children all the time.
    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    I don't know how a good father could have gotten caught up in this either. I know many folks are going to come on here to express disgust and whatever, and while they're justified in doing so, this whole situation goes deeper than a deputy in jail. If Goose can be as sick as the charge suggests, so can anyone you hold in high regard.
    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    I had a friend whom was as nice and good of a man and anyone could know. He had an eye for attractive woman but despite his wonderful heart he was sort of a "dork". He just couldn't get those pretty woman to pay attention to his overtures. So he decided that he would look for a bride in the Philippines and/or Thailand. Sure enough the photo's started coming. All sorts of photos and letters. Some of the responses were an invite for a "taste" of what he might want while others seemed legitimate. One day he told me how he had to be clear in his add about the age of the person he was looking for because "look at this" he said. To my shock there were photo's of very young woman(fully revealed) and in some cases two young woman engaging each other inappropriately. He told me that he had kept the original add in place so that he would continue to get the fun pictures and had the other add in place for the serious hunt for age appropriate dates. When I pointed out to him that technically he was receiving child pornography on the internet and in the mail he almost fell out of his chair. He said "gee I never thought of it like that"! I guess he could have found himself in big trouble had he continued. Sometimes good people do stupid things. and yes he found a lovely wife, married her and has children today. We really don't know the circumstances behind these allegations right now. Lets wait for all the facts.
    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    It's sickening to think that someone with children would have anything to do with child pornography no matter what the age of the children 7 or 17. It doesn't add up. Good Father and Child Porn = oxymoron.
    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    I don't understand how a good father could be involved in child pornography. I believe that he was a good father and goofy goose. What do you think could have really happened here?Do you think maybe he did it for money or maybe it wasn't little children in the pics? I can't imagine someone with children being involved in something like this. Does he have a wife and home life?
    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    To: About Child Porn. I agree that underage teenagers who are anything but innocent can appear to be older than they are. Regardless a 17 year old can be considered as child pornography. While I don't think a raid would take place and people would be arrested for something that was innocuous and only technically illegal, I think we should find out exactly what sort of "child" pornography this was.

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  5. ccn_debate says:

    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    Personally, I salute the Trib for holding off on running the story until it was a story… sorry, petpeeve. What disturbs me the most about news of the arrest is that I probably go back 15 years with Goose and have always considered him a good man and great dad. The thought of him facing such a horrific charge just doesn't make sense, but there've been several times when I've been with Goose and had to remind myself that he was a sheriff. I'm not in law enforcement, and am not in a position to rate his performance as a deputy, but I know Goose to be playful and fun, and though I mean that in a benign way, I didn't know well his goofyness might have gone over at the North County substation. I'd also wager that the citizens he has dealt with from behind the badge would tell you he isn't like most cops, and mean it in a complimentary way.
    That said, there was a crime committed, victims are left scarred for life and let's all hope justice is served. Could very well be that we'll have the chance a good man go down, but only those of us who know the guilty party understand the depth of the fall.
    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    One free wheeling deputy with the powers entrusted to him can do a lot of damage. I sure hope it ends with looking and not touching. I sure hope he wasn't involved in any production aspects of this crime.
    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    The Tribune is BOTH incompetent AND protecting law enforcement. Are they EVER going to get their act together?
    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    To he won't be punished. I can't believe that the Alhambra officer got a retirement with his pension. Is he registered as a sex offender?
    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    Child porn can consist of everything from 13 year old girls who look 18 or it can be 5 year olds. I think the type of child porn is a big consideration. What sort of child porn were these guys into? The later is whats very dangerous and cause for alarm.
    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    The story below is a couple years old. This dirtbag did 18 months, got his pension and now lives near the beach in So Cal.

    He also molested his step-son, but Alhambra PD promoted him after they found the charges unfounded.

    LOS ANGELES – A suspended Alhambra police officer was charged today with 10 counts of molesting two teenage boys, including one who was an Explorer with the Baldwin Park Police Department, the District Attorney's office announced.

    Deputy District Attorney Renee Korn of the Justice System Integrity Division filed the 10-count complaint (BA308373) against Michael James Fisher, 42 (dob 5-26-1964). Fisher, free on $100,000 bond, is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday, Sept. 5, in Division 30 of Los Angeles Superior Court.

    Fisher is charged with molesting one of the victims over an eight-month period in 2003. The second victim, according to the complaint, was molested in 2005 and 2006. The both victims were in their mid teens, authorities said.

    The defendant is charged with three counts of lewd act with a child aged 14 and 15, four counts of oral copulation of a person under the age of 18 and three counts of sodomy of a person under the age of 18. If convicted as charged, Fisher faces a possible maximum state prison term of nine years.

    Fisher was arrested on Aug. 14 following an investigation by the Sheriff's Special Victims Bureau.

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  6. ccn_debate says:

    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    I can assure you that all LEO from all districts are just as concerned and upset as the public is. We are probably more upset about it. This is a disgrace to law enforcement. Unfortunately when one is accused it reflects on all of us. Remember this is an isolated instance.
    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    Oh GREAT, just GREAT
    The Cops and the postman. Just great. I actually had a flash of red. I always thought that was just a saying, it isn't.
    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    What is the moral to the story:

    Don't trust cops
    Don't believe printed news
    Don't trust sites that deletes the truth
    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    Maybe the APD didn't know about why Gooseens was on leave or that he even was on leave. They probably wouldn't have covered up for him if they did. He was probably thinking of playing with something other than "golf balls" when he crashed all those cars for no good reason.
    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    I just came here after reading the Tribune. There is a post there telling everyone about the deputy and where to find the rest of the story. I also read the story about the accident and am up hauled that a man like the accused could have friends in other PD that would cover up for him.Talk about a brother hood. I wonder who all he was sharing his pictures with? By the way, This is an excellent site. I'm going to read more. I wish I had known about you sooner.
    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    What's especially troubling is the combination of police authority with this sort of crime. One has to wonder whether more than child porn is liable to come to light.
    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    It's true that we've always told our 3 children that the police are their friends and that they should run to one if they are ever in trouble, lost while shopping etc. I can't help but wonder what kind of sick man would enjoy child pornography and what about the poor children that were exploited? It only makes sense that if someone likes to look then they probably like to touch. This is very frightening. I thought we lived in a safe little place. I never would have expected this from the police, its the police who are supposed to keep us informed of whom we should be aware of.
    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    The thing that is so disconcerting is that both these individuals are trusted government employees who are free to roam our neighborhoods without scrutiny. Where are the checks and balances? Templeton is a small town and our children are taught to trust the police. Now what do we tell them, that they should run from the police just like any other stranger?
    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    Please don't post under other people's names.

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  7. ccn_debate says:

    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    Amazing. The Tribune is either incompetent or protecting law enforcement. Either way, it underscores why we need Dan and Karen.
    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    A Nipomo man was arrested Monday morning in Pismo Beach on suspicion of possessing child pornography, as part of a multi-agency investigation involving state and federal bureaus.

    Jeremy Neubauer, 29, was arrested about 10 a. m. Monday, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

    Several people also have been arrested on suspicion of criminal activities related to the case, Eimiller said. It’s unclear whether the people arrested live in California or elsewhere in the country.

    The U.S. Attorney General’s Office is set to hold a news conference in Los Angeles this morning to discuss further details of the investigation.

    After he was arrested, Neubauer was taken to Los Angeles for an initial appearance in the U. S. District Court. A judge granted a nearly $5,000 bail, according to Eimiller, but it’s unclear whether Neubauer posted it.

    If he did not post bail, Neubauer would be scheduled to be held at Metropolitan Detention Center, a federal prison in Los Angeles.

    Neubauer had been working as a temporary letter carrier at the Pismo Beach post office since October, according to U.S. Postal Service spokesman Richard Maher.

    Eimiller and Maher said they didn’t know whether Neubauer was arrested at the post office.
    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    Dear Child Porn vs Molestation. You have no idea how the law enforcement circles talk? They are kings and queens of gossip, sometimes even getting it right. Everyone who was in any position to know about gossens, knew about gossens. You bet they knew at the time of his "I was too going the speed limit when I crashed four cars!" that was "witnessed" by a woman who said he was not speeding even though she did not see his car before it crashed. ??

    Peace keeper missiles. Restore honor to the white house. Oil will be cheaper with the Iraq war. I will fire anyone associated with the leak of Plame's name. And, na…we didn't know about Goossenetski….
    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    What the Tribune left out Goossens!! You've got to be kidding. Gone to see for myself
    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    Sounds like Goossens might have been reaching for something other than his infamous bottle of water when he crashed.
    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    It's interesting that the Trib reported on Jeremy Neubauer but not on Goosens…wonder what that is all about?
    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    I think the next step from child pornography is pedophilia. I can’t imagine how one could go without the other but, maybe not. This was important news and thanks for letting us all know what’s going on in our neighborhoods. I doubt that when the accident was covered up from the public that the APD knew why this deputy was on leave.
    By: Anonymous on 8/19/08
    Unbelievable job, UncoveredSLO! I feel as if I can finally say I know what's going on in my community. And, as important as all of your other articles are, I am relieved this sick individual will be off the streets.

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