PD: Phoenix man arrested for sexual assault of two 13-year-old Instagram followers

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Posted at 12:23 PM, Aug 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 01:17:09-04

PHOENIX — A Phoenix man was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting and providing marijuana to two 13-year-old girls he met on Instagram.

Phoenix police report that on Monday afternoon, they received a call from a father saying 53-year-old Gordon Keith Golding, an adjunct faculty member with Paradise Valley Community College's Fitness Center, sexually assaulted his daughter.

The father confronted his daughter about marijuana that was found in her room. She allegedly told him that Golding gave it to her and sexually assaulted her at his home. He also provided her with birth control pills.

The girl and another 13-year-old girl were Instagram followers of Golding who picked up the girls on several occasions and provided them with marijuana and alcohol. Police say this was going on for about three months.

The first victim described multiple incidents of sexual abuse and assault. She also reportedly told police that Golding recorded some of the sexual encounters and performed "satanic rituals."

The other victim was located by police and gave a similar account to what would happen during their visits with Golding, including the three of them practicing self-defense together.

Officers searched Golding's home and allegedly found boxes of birth control pills, ropes, whips and various sex items. They also found 10 video files that depicted sexual exploitation of one of the victims.

"This is a father's worst nightmare," said one of the girls' dad, whose identity ABC15 is concealing to protect his 13-year-old daughter. "She was sneaking out at night and he was meeting her at the end of the street."

"All four [victims] that we know about right now were 13 years old," said the father, who told ABC15 that since the arrest he says he found another victim.

"This defendant impregnated my minor child then gave her a Plan B pill in an attempt to abort the pregnancy," said one of the victim's mothers at Golding's first court hearing.

Police detectives have not confirmed the pregnancy, but did write in their report that Golding used Instagram to communicate with the teen girls.

"As a parent I feel like some of it was my fault for not monitoring her Instagram page," said the father. "And now I am living every dad's nightmare."

The mothers of the other alleged victims told a judge their daughters are living a nightmare as well. "I have not seen my child smile in weeks," said one Mom. "She won't even let me touch her."

Another mother said her daughter "feels ashamed and scared and wants to hurt herself."

The father said he is speaking out because his daughter wants to make sure other potential victims know they are not alone. "If you have been touched, come forward and let somebody now," he said.

He has a message for parents regarding social media. "Monitor it. See what's going on," he said. "I never thought this would happen to me."

As for Golding, the father told ABC15 he is hopeful justice will be served. "The death penalty would be doing him a favor. I just hope he never gets out. Never has a chance to touch another girl."

Golding is being held on a $350,000 cash bond on 40 sexually related crimes against children.

Paradise Valley Community College issued the following statement Tuesday afternoon:

On Monday, August 26, 2019, City of Phoenix police apprehended Gordon Golding, an adjunct faculty member with PVCC's Fitness Center. He was arrested off-campus and taken into custody with Phoenix police for alleged sexual misconduct with a minor. Upon notification of his arrest, his employment was immediately terminated and he was denied access to campus. We will continue to cooperate with the authorities as they conduct their investigation.