New Bedford Man Sentenced to a Decade in Prison for Enticing a Minor/Sending Sexually Graphic Facebook Messages to a Minor

Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced that a 55-year-old New Bedford man was sentenced to eight to ten years in state prison today in Taunton Superior Court for sending hundreds of sexually graphic Facebook messages to a 12-year-old Dartmouth boy in 2012.

David Gould, of 157 Grinnell Street, was convicted of enticing a minor and dissemination of matter harmful to a minor after trial on October 27, 2015.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Kristen Wiley and Brian Griffin.

During today’s sentencing hearing, prosecutors recommended that Gould receive the maximum five year prison sentence for each charge, for a total of 10 years in state prison. Mr. Gould’s defense requested a one year house of corrections sentence with probation.

After hearing arguments from both sides, Judge Angel Kelly-Brown sentenced Mr. Gould to serve five years in state prison for the charge of enticing a minor and three to five years in state prison for the charge of dissemination of matter harmful to a minor, for a total of eight to ten years in prison.

“I am very pleased that this child predator will be removed from society. Thanks to the great work of Assistant District Attorneys Wiley and Griffin, along with the stellar police work by detectives with the Dartmouth Police Department, the community is assured that this defendant can do no harm to our children,” said District Attorney Quinn.

Gregg Miliote
Director of Communications