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Sex offender lied to help with girls team, Dallas ISD says. Now he's been arrested

The Duncanville Police Department took to social media to ask for assistance in locating 43-year-old Roderick Goodson who they said is a registered sex offender.
The Duncanville Police Department took to social media to ask for assistance in locating 43-year-old Roderick Goodson who they said is a registered sex offender. Courtesy

Authorities in Dallas County captured a registered sex offender that had been on the run since he was caught lying to the Dallas Independent School District says to land a position as a volunteer for a girl's basketball team.

The Duncanville Police Department took Roderick Goodson, 43, into custody in the 700 block of Wood Lane on Wednesday morning. Detectives had been watching possible locations of where Goodson may have been hiding.

The detectives spotted Goodson getting into his vehicle at the location and he was subsequently stopped on a traffic stop and taken into custody without incident.

Goodson had made headlines over the past two days for managing to get through the DISD school system's online registration process for becoming a volunteer in August 2017 by providing false information. He had been first denied when he initially applied to volunteer at Wilmer-Hutchins High School a week earlier, according to Robyn Harris, a Dallas ISD spokesperson.

The online system checks for criminal backgrounds of applicants, Harris said. But Goodson tweaked his second application and provided inaccurate information to bypass the system.

"Instead of saying your name is John Doe, the applicant would use Jon Doe," Harris explained. "Instead of putting January 1, 1973, the applicant would use January 2, 1975, and so on."

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Dallas County Jail records show that Goodson was convicted on Oct. 5, 2017, on two counts of child sexual assault stemming from an arrest in July 2015. He also had been sentenced to four years in jail for two counts of burglary in September 1995.

Harris said Goodson had volunteered with the Wilmer-Hutchins girls basketball team from the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year until early December.

During a basketball tournament in Fort Worth on Dec. 2, 2017, the DISD spokesperson said a female student from South Oak Cliff High School, which is also part of DISD, noticed Goodson and knew about his background.

The student reported Goodson to the South Oak Cliff High School administration, which consulted with Wilmer-Hutchins administration at the tournament.

"Once they verified his background information, he was asked to leave the premises at the tournament without any incident," Harris said.

Goodson's volunteer status was terminated the next Monday, on Dec. 4, and the Dallas Independent School District police conducted an investigation.

"We met with all the families and students of the girls basketball team at Wilmer-Hutchins face to face to address any of their concerns," Harris said. "After talking to all of the students, no one came forward or stated that they were harmed by Goodson, so DISD police closed the case."

Since then, the Dallas ISD has put in place protocols to prevent other potential volunteers from getting around the online registration process. And they're working to verify how Goodson was able to slip through the cracks.

"We are working to strengthen our schools at the campus level and added additional security in our registration process so it doesn't happen again," the spokesperson said. "It's unfortunate that people we think are coming in to help our children are coming in trying to deceive."

The Duncanville Police Department took to social media Monday to ask for help finding Goodson, who they said is a registered sex offender.

Duncanville police said Goodson has two felony warrants and a parole violation warrant with the Dallas County Sheriff's Office.

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Prescotte Stokes III: 817-390-7028, @PrescotteStokes
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