Facebook predator Jeffrey Goddard will remain in jail after a judge denied him bail, Thursday, following his arrest for allegedly connecting with an Abbotsford teen through social media.
The provincial court judge found Goddard "deliberately flaunted" his probation conditions when he allegedly "friended" a 15-year-old Abbotsford boy.
He used a fake Facebook profile and then hired the boy and his friend to do landscaping work.
The two boys allegedly worked in Goddard's backyard, eating their lunches in his room, for about two weeks in July. Abbotsford Police recently confirmed media reports that Goddard was living in the same house as another high-profile sex offender, Donald Bakker, who was released from prison in late July.
Both men were the subject of public warnings when they moved to Abbotsford.
Goddard originally pleaded guilty to charges of impersonating a police officer, luring and invitation to sexual touching in June 2011 after creating numerous fake online identities to connect with teenage boys.
He received one year in jail and three years probation with numerous conditions, including that he not use the Internet or have contact with kids under 18.
Goddard was recently arrested when one of the boys' fathers became concerned his son was not being paid. He allegedly tried to contact the man his son knew as "Ryan Stewart." When he went to the home, Goddard allegedly answered the door and told him he did not know anyone by that name. An alert neighbour directed the father to police.
Crown counsel told the court Goddard allegedly told the boys to run into the house if anyone ever came into the backyard while they were working, saying the neighbours were "jerks."
The boys allegedly saw Goddard on the Internet while they were in his room, where he had online contact with a teen and engaged in sexual banter.
In court, Goddard's lawyer argued probation officers were aware there was a computer in the home when they approved Goddard's residency there.
He also downplayed Goddard's actions as a "compliance issue," as there was no physical contact with either boy.
"I submit that he contacted him for the purpose of friendship," said defence lawyer David Gable, adding Goddard was "lonely."
"Presumably he didn't know their age."
But Crown counsel said police also found a laptop computer with Internet access under Goddard's bed, in addition to three cellphones and a wireless router.
Goddard allegedly split the Telus Internet bill with an upstairs tenant.
The judge denied Goddard's bail request "in the interest of public safety."
"It is my duty to protect the young people of this community," he said.
Goddard will go to trial on the breach charges, and investigation is continuing into his online activities.
Outside court, Goddard's mother told The Province she was unable to comment except to say that what had been presented in court was "a bunch of crap."
She vowed to tell her son's side of the story at trial.