Mountain Home dentist arrested on child sex abuse charges

John E. Goodrich
John E. Goodrich

John E. Goodrich, 56, was arrested Friday on allegations that he abused a girl when she was between the ages of 9 and 15.

The crimes allegedly took place two decades ago, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Elmore County Magistrate Court. Under Idaho law, there is no statute of limitations for those sex crimes against children.

Goodrich, charged with lewd conduct with a child younger than 16, was arraigned Tuesday in Magistrate Court. He was released on his own recognizance but was ordered to stay away from the alleged victim.

He is scheduled to return to court Sept. 20 for a preliminary hearing. If convicted, he could serve up to life in prison.

The victim, who is now an adult, told her mother last summer that she had been abused by Goodrich. The woman confronted Goodrich, who admitted “that all of it was true,” according to the three-page affidavit. Goodrich told the woman he “felt very bad” and had stopped the predatory actions.

Goodrich agreed to obtain counseling and to seek penance through his church, the affidavit from Detective Lawrence Saterfield of the Mountain Home Police Department said.

Police said they obtained tape recordings of conversations between Goodrich and the victim and her mother that implicated him in the crime.

Goodrich, who graduated from Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, Neb., is one of 10 dentists licensed in Mountain Home, according to the Idaho Board of Denistry. He operates The Tooth Dome Smile Enhancement Center.

He obtained his Idaho dentist’s license in 1991 and began practicing that year in Mountain Home. He has not faced any disciplinary action, according to online records from the Board of Dentistry. His license is scheduled to expire at the end of September.

John Sowell: 208-377-6423, @IDS_Sowell