Pacific University student pleads guilty to lesser charge
A Pacific University freshman who was arrested Saturday, March 17, over an altercation in Cornelius has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in Washington County Circuit Court, court records show.
Christopher Goosby, 18, and Jeremy McGoldrick, 19, were originally arrested by Washington County sheriff's deputies on campus for second-degree robbery, harassment and riot Saturday evening. They were accused of attacking and threatening an 18-year-old in Cornelius from whom they attempted to purchase marijuana.
On Monday, March 19, according to court records, Goosby pleaded guilty to a lesser charge — second-degree disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. Judge Danielle J. Hunsaker sentenced him to 16 hours of community service and a total of $290 in fines, as well as 18 months of probation.
In his written plea, Goosby acknowledged that he "recklessly created a risk of public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm by engaging in fighting and violent, tumultuous and threatening behavior."
The plea comes with the terms that Goosby will not face riot charges. The crime of riot is a felony in Oregon.
McGoldrick was also arraigned Monday on a criminal count of second-degree disorderly conduct, but he entered a plea of not guilty, according to court documents. He is scheduled to appear in court again Tuesday.
Additional consequences outside the legal system are possible for the students, who are both members of Pacific University's football team.
"The university administration takes matters such as these very seriously and fully cooperates with law enforcement agencies throughout their investigations. Students who are identified as participating in criminal acts are also subject to an internal review, as outlined in our Student Code of Conduct," a statement provided Monday evening to the News-Times by Pacific University spokesman Joe Lang read in part. "The university administration is continuing to investigate the incident and will determine appropriate actions and next steps for all involved students, per the process."
A spokesman for the Washington County Sheriff's Office told the News-Times on Sunday that at least two other football players at Pacific are believed to have been involved in Saturday's incident, but they were not identified or arrested at the time.
The alleged victim in the case, with whom Goosby was ordered to have no contact as part of his plea agreement, was not seriously injured, according to Sheriff's Detective Mark Povolny.
Editor's note: This story has been updated with a photo of suspect Jeremy McGoldrick and to note his scheduled court appearance Tuesday, as well as to correct an instance in which Christopher Goosby's name was misspelled.
By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
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