MIAMI COUNTY — On Thursday, a woman who left the state of Ohio with her 4 year-old daughter for three months was found guilty of fifth degree felony interference of custody by Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Gee.
Eva Villamor-Goubeaux, 39, of Dayton, was present with her lawyer David Williamson when the verdict was reached by the judge. Judge Gee ordered Villamor-Goubeaux to complete a pre-sentence investigation and to forfeit her U.S. passport within 24 hours to the probation department. Her sentencing date was scheduled for Nov. 2.
The state was represented by Miami County assistant prosecutor Paul Watkins during the two-day trial last week.
Judge Gee stated Villamor-Goubeaux was a “highly intelligent” woman who understood the custody agreement documents as part of her divorce. While neither Villamor-Goubeaux, nor the father, Michael Goubeaux, were named custodians of the child, the part of the agreement stated the parents were not to remove the child from the state of Ohio for more than 14 days.
Goubeaux was located and arrested by U.S. Marshals Service in Las Vegas, Nev., on Feb. 27, 2014, on a Miami County Sheriff’s Office warrant. The child was last seen by the father on Nov. 24, 2013, after a scheduled visitation. The child, then age 4, and Villamor-Goubeaux were extradited back to Ohio, from Las Vegas by the Troy Police Department. The mother and child were living with her mother and Villamore-Goubeaux was to begin working as a home health aide. Villamor-Goubeaux also took the child to New Jersey during the time period.
Villamor-Goubeaux never called or attempted to contact her ex-husband during the three month time span, according to testimony. She claimed to have had court documents in the process to move out of state. Judge Gee said Villamor-Goubeaux understood that she was not to establish a residence outside of the state unless it was court ordered.
Judge Gee also found testimony from her ex-husband, Michael Goubeaux, credible when he testified Villamor-Goubeaux threatened to take the child away from him several times during their marriage.
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