Canadian Woman Gets 10 Years for Traveling to Virginia for Sex With Children

By Bridgett Lynn
|  Friday, Jan 10, 2014  |  Updated 9:29 PM EDT
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Woman Sentenced for Traveling to Va. for Child Sex

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A Canadian woman who traveled to Virginia for the purpose of sexually abusing and raping two children was sentenced to 10 years in prison, prosecutors said.

Theresa Louisa Goddard, 45, pleaded guilty in October after traveling from Vancouver to Dulles International Airport for the purpose of meeting a man and sexually abusing his children, prosecutors said.

An investigation of Goddard began after she posted on a website that she was interested in starting an “incest family,” prosecutors said. An undercover agent with Homeland Security Investigations responded to her message in June and began communicating with Goddard using email and live video chats on Skype.

As part of his cover story, the agent told Goddard that he had two minor children, a girl and a boy. During the conversations, Goddard made plans to travel from Vancouver to Virginia in order to sexually abuse and rape both children, prosecutors said. She further stated that she wanted to quit her job in Vancouver and move in with the undercover agent in order to continue sexually abusing his children on a regular basis.

She was arrested in June shortly after landing in Virginia. Her prison term will be followed by 20 years of supervised release.

To report suspected child predators or suspicious activity, call Homeland Security at 866-347-2423 or the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 800-843-5678.

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