Gooch granted probation subject to future terms

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Shawn Gooch, 39, of Idyllwild, was arrested in October and in November pleaded guilty to the charge of inflicting corporal injury with a prior conviction within seven years. Sentencing was deferred until Gooch enrolled and completed a residential substance abuse treatment program.

Earlier this month, the Riverside County Probation Department reported to the Superior Court that Gooch had completed the program and sentencing could go forward.

On Friday, June 16, Judge Elaine Kiefer gave Gooch four years probation subject to meeting certain terms recommended by the Probation Department. No further jail time was imposed.

The conditions include attending and completing an outpatient substance abuse treatment program within six months of release. Also, he must attend a minimum of three substance abuse self-help and support group Narcotics and Alcohol anonymous meetings per week for the first 90 days after release. Proof of attendance must be provided to the Probation Department.

Other terms include payment of certain fines, as well as performing 20 hours of community service by November 2018 through the Alternative Sentencing Program. Also, Gooch must enroll in a 52-week domestic violence program and provide proof of enrollment to the court/probation by August of this year and completion by October 2018.

The incident occurred Sept. 30, 2016, and involved a woman. Gooch pleaded guilty in court on Nov. 22. The guilty plea included admission that he violated a court order to prevent domestic violence and was awaiting sentencing from a similar charge in May.

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