- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - A judge has stripped a fired Portsmouth police officer of a $2 million-plus inheritance, saying the officer was “self-serving” when he befriended a woman in her 90s who had dementia.

The Portsmouth Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1h0bT5t) that Judge Gary Cassavechia ruled Thursday that former Sgt. Aaron Goodwin acted on Geraldine Webber’s “fears and hopes” to extract the inheritance that included Webber’s waterfront home, Cadillac, stocks and bonds.

Cassavechia’s ruling also faults current and former Portsmouth police officials for failing to investigate Goodwin, who was fired in June.

“The court was impressed, though not in a positive fashion, by the apparent lack of concern within the department about the potential for exploitation of Ms. Webber by department employees,” Cassavechia wrote.

During a hearing earlier this year, Goodwin’s lawyer said the officer played an “emotionally significant” role in Webber’s life after the two met when Webber called police to her home. In the two years following, Goodwin called her hundreds of times and took her out for cocktails or on trips to a casino.

Cassavechia said Goodwin’s version of events- “that he only agreed to accept millions of dollars of assets to make her happy” - was not credible.

The woman’s physician testified that Webber, who was 93 when she died in December 2012, had dementia.

A man who answered the phone Friday at a number listed in Goodwin’s name said Goodwin did not live there.

The newspaper reports that a post-trial hearing is scheduled for Sept. 21 in Strafford County Superior Probate Court to appoint a successor administrator for Webber’s estate.


Information from: Portsmouth Herald, https://www.seacoastonline.com

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