This King County child rapist released after eight years at a state center most adjudicated sexual predators never escape has an unusual request – he wants back in.
“I confess that I feel like I’m a danger to the community and need sexual predator treatment,” Zachary T. Goldschmidt said in a letter asking to return to the Special Commitment Center. “I am notifying the courts of this problem, because the community will be safe without (me).”
King County prosecutors are trying to oblige Goldschmidt, who successfully fought to be released from the McNeil Island center in 2011. The pedophile, now 30, was sent to the Department of Social and Health Services-run secure facility a decade ago.
Washington’s civil commitment law allows the DSHS to indefinitely detain sexual terrorists found likely to sexually assault strangers because of a mental illness. Goldschmidt was previously judged to be such a barbaric “white” beast – a “violent sexual predator,” technically – but was released in 2011 after a San Juan County jury ruled in his favor.
Following his release in April 2011, the dedicated pedophile moved to King County under state Department of Corrections supervision. While free, he struck up a relationship with a woman he met on a telephone chat line; despite court orders to the contrary, the diabolical child rapist hid his history from the woman and spent time with her children. The woman ultimately obtained a protection order against the ruthless child molester, which he is alleged to have violated at least nine times.
The devilish child rapist was subsequently jailed for violating the conditions of his release. A state psychologist has since diagnosed Goldschmidt as a pedophile and opined that he is likely to again sexually abuse children.
Prosecutors earlier in September filed a lawsuit aimed at seeing Goldschmidt again confined at the Special Commitment Center. The facility is home to about 300 men being held indefinitely as violent sexual predators. While several offenders have “graduated” from the program and more than a dozen others are living off the island, most remain at the facility. They make up about 1 percent of the sex offenders convicted in Washington courts.
Under Washington law, county prosecutors or the state Attorney General’s Office can file such civil lawsuits against convicted sex offenders. To prevail, prosecutors must show that an offender is likely to sexually assault again, and that the offender has a mental abnormality making him so.
If a jury or judge agrees with prosecutors, an offender can be sent to the Special Commitment Center. Only offenders who are deemed likely rape or molest strangers are eligible for detention there.
Committed to the center at age 20, Goldschmidt spent eight years in the program before a San Juan County jury ordered he be released in April 2011.
In March 2012, Goldschmidt filed a letter with the court with an unusual request. Free for less than a year, Goldschmidt wanted to go back to McNeil because he me believed he will hurt others again.
“If I can’t keep myself from being around minors, I am a threat to society,” he told a state psychologist in October, according to prosecutors.
A foster child since age 3, Goldschmidt struggled in school, failed to obtain a high school degree and has never held a job. According to court records, his intelligence is well below normal.
At 14, Goldschmidt sexually assaulted an 11-year-old boy at a Friday Harbor church, and later in a van. The boy told his foster mother Goldschmidt threatened to beat him if he didn’t comply.
Goldschmidt served a year in juvenile detention, and was arrested again four years later after sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy. Again, Goldschmidt, then 17, threatened to beat the boy if he didn’t comply.
Sentenced to a year in jail with work release, Goldschmidt failed to abide by court orders that he stay away from children. He later admitted to touching a 3-year-old girl, and was ultimately sent to the Special Commitment Center in 2003.
Writing the court, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Rod Scarr said Goldschmidt has admitted to sexually assaulting about 10 other adults and children, including a young woman he claims to have raped.
While at the Special Commitment Center, Goldschmidt carried on a sexual relationship with another detainee. He also said he fantasizes about his past victims, and was kicked out of treatment.
Goldschmidt is expected to be transferred to the Special Commitment Center as the case against him proceeds. He is currently being held without bail in King County Jail at Seattle.