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Updated: 3:23 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2013 | Posted: 11:18 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Opening statements given in ER doctor sex case

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The jury in the case of Dr. Keith Goldblum visited Goldblum’s 5-bedroom, 8,000-square foot, $1 million house near Yankee Trace golf course Tuesday where the former emergency room doctor allegedly committed multiple sex crimes.

By Mark Gokavi

Staff Writer

DAYTON —

Dr. Keith D. Goldblum often pulled back the covers of four young girls to look at their genitals and sometimes touch them during sleepovers that happened over the course of years at two different houses, according to Montgomery County assistant prosecutor Lynda Dodd.

It’s a charge Goldblum’s attorneys adamantly denied, calling the prosecutor’s case “a house of cards.”

During opening statements Tuesday of Goldblum’s trial on 14 sex-related charges, Dodd told the jury made up of eight men and six women (including alternates) that he targeted young girls who wouldn’t confront Goldblum.

“It didn’t just happen once,” Dodd said. “It happened time after time after time.”

The jury broke for lunch just before noon from a courtroom where the air conditioning is not functioning. Earlier, the jury had a 15-minute visit inside Goldblum’s 5-bedroom, 8,000-square foot, $1 million house near Yankee Trace golf course where the former emergency room doctor allegedly committed the crimes. The trial is scheduled to continue at about 1 p.m. with the first witness.

Goldblum, 59, a former ER doctor at Good Samaritan Hospital, faces numerous charges, including nine counts of rape of children younger than 13, three counts of voyeurism and two counts of unlawful sexual conduct. None of the alleged victims are Goldblum’s children or patients, but one alleged victim is related to Goldblum.

Dodd laid out what she said the evidence will show and included the dates, places and definitions of the charges.

Defense attorney Lorin Zaner told the jury that “the state’s case is built on a house of cards,” he said. “We will prove to you that these allegations are false.”

Zaner said the police investigation was terrible, that police destroyed evidence and that they did not seek to obtain information from security cameras in Goldblum’s home that were there because Goldblum’s son has a serious illness that required monitoring. Later, Zaner said the state has no physical evidence, no medical evidence and no (other) witnesses other than the alleged victims.

All of the alleged crimes took place at Goldblum’s homes between 2002 and February 2011, when a parent notified law enforcement. The girls are now ages 16 to 18. They will be called to testify.

If convicted, Goldblum potentially faces decades behind bars. Each rape count is punishable by up to 11 years in prison and each unlawful conduct count is punishable by up to five years in prison. Two weeks have been blocked off for Goldblum’s trial.

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