Washoe Valley man convicted of sexual assault on a child
RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) —
A Washoe Valley man has been convicted of multiple counts of sexual assault on a child following a week-long jury trial, according to prosecutors.
The Washoe County District Attorney's Office says 61-year-old Thomas Goepner was found guilty of five counts of sexual assault on a child under the age of 14 years, three counts of sexual assault on a child under the age of 16 years, two counts of sexual assault and one count of open and gross lewdness.
Goepner, who faces life in prison, is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 30, 2018 in Washoe County District Court.
Goepner was arrested on Oct. 20, 2016 following an investigation by the Washoe County Sheriff's Office. The case against Goepner began in October when deputies, responding to a report of sexual assault, met with a 16-year-old victim and several of her family and friends. The victim reported she had been sexually abused by Goepner since age 8 and that she had recently disclosed that abuse to others.
During their investigation, detectives learned that Goepner had been sexually assaulting the victim for more than eight years, forcing the young victim to perform sexual acts on multiple occasions and threatened her so that she would not tell. Goepner was also convicted of having groped a second female victim.
The investigation also revealed that Goepner was reported to have repeatedly sexually assaulted another child victim in the late 1980s. However, he was unable to be prosecuted because the crimes were reported after the statute of limitations that existed at the time in Nevada.