Howard Goulette of Florence sentenced to 2½ years in jail on charges of attempting to entice 10-year-old girl and failing to register as a sex offender
NORTHAMPTON — A 60-year-old Florence man was sentenced to 2½ years in jail after admitting he tried to lure a 10-year-old girl with offers of money in the hopes of bringing her home.
Howard Goulette Jr. of 29 North Main St. pleaded guilty Thursday before Hampshire Superior Court Judge Daniel Ford to charges of annoying or accosting a member of the opposite sex, enticing a child under the age of 16 and failure to register as a sex offender.
According to Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Jayme Parent, who prosecuted the case, Goulette was in front of the courthouse on Gothic Street on July 20, 2011, when he spoke to a 10-year-old girl walking past and said, “Hey, little girl I can make you a lot of money.”
The girl left the area immediately and contacted her mother, who worked nearby.
The child’s mother confronted Goulette and confirmed with her daughter that he was the man who accosted her, according to Parent.
Police were contacted and later arrested Goulette. Parent said when Goulette was interviewed by police, he told them he had hoped to get the child to come home and have some beer with him.
During their investigation, police learned that Goulette had failed to re-register as a Level 3 sex offender after changing addresses, as he is required to do by law, Parent said.
Goulette had been convicted of a number of sex crimes in the past, including indecent assault and battery on a person over 14, indecent assault and battery on a person under 14, open and gross lewdness and lewd and lascivious behavior, Parent said.
Following his release from the Hampshire Jail and House of Correction, Goulette will serve five years’ probation and will be on community parole supervision for the rest of his life, Parent said.