Trial Date Set – The People of the State of California vs Jason Gouldon – 11/4/2019

At a trial setting hearing for Jason Gouldon’s felony child molestation case (17CR05657) on February 25th, 2019 at the Santa Cruz Superior Court, a date was set for Mr. Gouldon’s jury trial. The trial date is November 4th, 2019 at 9am PT at the Santa Cruz Courthouse.

At the time of this update, that is 8 months away. Unfortunately justice is not always swift, and in the Bay Area the 12-month disposition rate is lower than the state average, meaning that it takes longer for felony cases to go to trial. One can only hope that this sick alleged pedophile isn’t harming other children as he awaits his eventual fate.

Let’s think about that fate for a moment. If you’ve reviewed the charges against Mr. Gouldon, you’ll note that he is facing life in prison. There’s always a chance that he’ll be given a lesser sentence, but as many readers have noted, pedophiles in prison are the lowest-of-low and marked. The Guardian reports that California Pedophile Inmates are killed at a rate that is double the national average. In 2004 ABC News reported that “Prison is ‘Living Hell’ for Pedophiles” and they “Usually don’t make it.” Gorilla Convict states that In prison, there is no creature lower than a sex offender. And an interesting article on Rebel Circus discusses what Former Convicts Reveal What Really Happens to Pedophiles in Prison. It is not the author’s opinion that Mr. Gouldon should demise, the point is rather to highlight that in these long 8 months ahead he won’t likely be able to sleep with those statistics.

I want to also discuss jury trials. I’ve personally never understood why an accused child molester would want to stand before a public court and jury. The strong feelings that prison inmates have against these sick lowest-of-low predators is not unique – it is a reflection of how we as a society feel about those who would harm children, especially in this way. I imagine anyone accused of crimes of that nature would want to avoid standing before a jury of twelve members of their local community. Then imagine the same thing, but you looked like this:

Jason GouldonJason Gouldon Mugshot

But I digress. Your comments are welcome, as always, and messages are also appreciated.

Preliminary Hearing for Jason Gouldon’s Felony Molest Cases: August 17th, 2018 1:30pm

[Important Update August 17th, 2018]: According to the Santa Cruz Public Access Court Portal, the preliminary hearing for alleged sex offender and child molester Jason Gouldon will be on Friday, August 17th at 1:30pm at the Santa Cruz courthouse on Ocean Street.

Many of you have been asking what is going on with the legal proceedings for alleged child molester Jason Gouldon. It’s time to mark your calendars.

The next step in the legal process is a criminal preliminary hearing. More details can be found on FindLaw by following the link – it’s essentially a “trial before the trial” or “mini trial” where evidence is presented, witnesses are called, and the judge approves the case moving to a full trial and sets a date.

There have been a number of preliminary hearings set for this case that have not moved forward due to various legal delays. While there is certainly no guarantee that it will be held this time, Mr. Gouldon and his defense are running out of excuses. Each time a preliminary hearing is set, there’s a “confirmation of preliminary hearing” set a few days before to determine whether the preliminary hearing will move forward as planned. If not, a new date is set.

The next preliminary hearing in Jason’s case is set for Monday, August 13th at 9am at the Santa Cruz Criminal Courthouse. This is an important hearing for anyone who is interested or following the case to attend. All of the hearings are open to the public, and attending is a good way to stand against Jason Gouldon and to share your disapproval of child molesters in our community.


Alleged Child Predators need to eat, too

Jason Gouldon at Carls Jr - credit Yelp

When free on bail and awaiting your fate after being arrested for molesting children, you still need to eat – so why not eat well?

Alleged pedophile Jason Gouldon does just that. According to his Yelp profile, on October 18th, 2017, on the six-week anniversary of his initial arrest for child molestation and child pornography, he enjoyed (and reviewed) a nice meal at Dametra Fresh Mediterranean in Monterey, CA.

In the review, he comments:

“I love eating here I just miss the lamb kabob meat that was amazing why did you stop serving that?”

Why not enjoy it while you can? It is unlikely that they serve lamb kabobs in the penitentiary.

Jason Grant Gouldon Prison food
We wonder how he’ll rate his prison meals? Can inmates Yelp? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Scotts Valley business accepts and praises alleged pedophile

On September 27th, 2017, just one week after Jason Gouldon’s second arrest on charges of child molestation, a local Scotts Valley, CA office for the Modern Woodmen of America presented Mr. Gouldon with a plaque welcoming him to the financial insurance fraternity as an Insurance Counselor.

Managing Partner Stephen Hoversten praises alleged child molester Jason Gouldon
Managing Partner Stephen Hoversten praises alleged child molester Jason Gouldon

The news was shared on the organization’s public website,, on the profile page for Stephen Hoversten, the managing partner of the local Scotts Valley branch for Modern Woodmen of America.

Local families in the Santa Cruz and Scotts Valley areas, especially those with children, may consider exercising caution in dealing with the business. The office location is also within a close proximity of Scotts Valley Middle School.

Although citizens should always be presumed innocent until proven otherwise, in cases like this it is the author’s opinion that you can’t be too careful.

Stay tuned for a resource page with helpful information about child sexual abuse and pedophilia, what to discuss with your children, places to go for help, and local Santa Cruz resources for victims. In the meantime, the Victims of Crime Resource Center is a great place to start.

Screenshot of the news posted to Stephen Hoversten's homepage on the Modern Woodmen of America website
Screenshot of the news posted to Stephen Hoversten’s homepage on the Modern Woodmen of America website


Stephen Hoversten's Public Facebook Post on October 12th, 2017
Stephen Hoversten’s Public Facebook Post on October 12th, 2017 (Deleted – Google Cache Version)
Jason Gouldon Financial Representative at Modern Woodmen of America
Twitter: Jason Gouldon Financial Representative at Modern Woodmen of America
Jason Gouldon - Financial Representative for Modern Woodmen of America
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Alleged child molester Jason Gouldon featured prominently on the Yelp page for Modern Woodmen of America
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Jason Arrested on 9/18/2017

Jason was re-arrested on September 18th, 2017 on additional charges.

Jason Gouldon in Court

At an arraignment hearing on September 18th, 2017 the initial complaint was amended and the district attorney added additional charges. This resulted in a bail increase and for the current bail bond to be exonerated. Jason was again arrested in the courtroom and brought in to custody at the Santa Cruz County Jail.

Mr. Gouldon was able to post a new bail bond and was released the next day, 9/19/2017.

Read more about past hearings and please share, like, and comment below.

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Arrested for Drunk Driving on 4/16/2017

Jason Gouldon was arrested on April 16, 2017 for driving under the influence of Alcohol (DUI).

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Jason Gouldon Mugshot – April 2017

The criminal charges he faces in this case are:


Jason retained attorney Stephen Laberge to defend him. Mr. Laberge was also a professor of Jason’s at Monterey College of Law.

View more about the hearings and feel free to send me a message if you have anything to add.