An emergency room doctor was sentenced Wednesday to 21 years in prison after being found guilty of 13 sex-related charges involving four girls who stayed at his homes during his daughter’s sleepovers.
Wearing blue prison clothing, Dr. Keith D. Goldblum, 59, of Washington Twp. was led from the courtroom by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies.
Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Tucker earlier told Goldblum that he will be classified as a Tier II sex offender, meaning Goldblum must verify his address twice per year for 25 years. Goldblum was credited with 440 days of incarceration.
Given an opportunity to speak before sentencing, Goldblum declined. Testifying on his own behalf during the trial, Goldblum denied the charges.
A couple of the victims and one one of the other victim’s families had letters read to the court from a victim advocate. One said going through the court process “was the hardest thing I had to go through in my life.” Another victim’s family wrote they “couldn’t have felt safer” and that “we trusted him” leaving their child at the Goldblums’ house, but later learned he was molesting their daughter. That letter asked Tucker to impose the maximum sentence.
“He was a well-respected part of the medical community, but he has devastated everyone, including his victims, his co-workers, his family,” one victim’s mother told the Dayton Daily News. “I do believe justice has been served and I believe everyone can start the healing process and not be worried that he can hurt them again.”
Goldblum, who will have his medical license suspended, was found guilty of eight counts of rape of children younger than 13, two counts of voyeurism and two counts of unlawful sexual conduct and one count of attempted voyeurism. Two of the rape sentences and one of the voyeurism charges were to be served consecutively, with all other sentences running concurrently.
Efforts to reach Goldblum’s attorney, Jose Lopez, were unsuccessful. Lopez and co-counsel Lorin Zaner have 30 days to file an appeal.
Prosecutors, who were seeking 36 years according to court documents obtained by the Dayton Daily News, said Tucker’s range of possible sentences ranged from three years to more than 80.
“He will be in prison, most likely, for the rest of his life,” Prosecutor Erin Claypoole said. “This has significantly changed these girls’ lives. It’s been a long process for them.”
Last month, a jury of eight men and four women deliberated for nearly 15 hours over three days before finding Goldblum guilty. That wrapped up a two-week trial that included many witnesses on both sides, including the four now-teen girls who were listed as victims in the indictment.
All four testified that during sleepovers from 2002 to 2011, Goldblum took down their covers, and, in some cases, tried to or did loosen clothing to look at them. Two girls said Goldblum touched them.
“It’s the end of something and the beginning of another,” one victim said. “He got what he deserved.”
None of the four victims in the indictment were patients of Goldblum’s at Good Samaritan Hospital and none were Goldblum’s daughters.
“It’s never too early to protect our children and report child abuse,” Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said in a press release. “If you believe there is child abuse occurring, have the courage to report it.”