School ‘Shocked' Over Former Educator's Arrest

Parents are being notified after a former North County educator turned himself in to Oceanside Police in connection with a sexual molestation investigation.

Police had been looking for Robert Melvin Goode Jr.,  59, fearing he was suicidal after being accused of repeated molestation of a minor.  Authorities said the alleged victim is a 14-year-old girl who came into the police station Monday with her parents to report sexual abuse that went on for six years.  Police said they believe the alleged sexual abuse was isolated to one person.

Goode was booked on felony charges according to the North County Times.  He is being held on $1.5 million bail and will be arraigned Monday.  He faces charges of lewd act with a minor, continual sexual abuse with a minor, and oral copulation with a child under the age of 14. 

Goode worked at three North County schools; the Classical Academy and the Classical Academy High School in Escondido where he was the Chief Executive Officer.  He also worked at the Coastal Academy in Oceanside and served as the high school principal at Tri-City Christian School in Vista between 1983 through 1994.  Oceanside Police said they have contacted the schools and at least one of them sent an e-mail to parents, alerting them to the arrest.

Goode recently resigned from his post as a senior administrator at the Classical Academy organization according to a statement.  They said he abruptly announced his retirement on January 30 and is "no longer employed by nor affiliated with the schools."  Officials there said they are "shocked" to learn about the allegations against Goode. 

They said they would appoint a third-party investigator to conduct an inquiry into his former employment. 

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