Convicted of wife beating, Perry man arrested for probation violation

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Matthew John Goff, 46, of Perry was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for probation violation on an original charge of third-offense domestic abuse assault-injury or mental illness.

A Perry man was arrested Wednesday on a Dallas County warrant for probation violation in connection with a 2018 conviction for wife beating.

Matthew John Goff, 46, of 1506 Clearview Dr., Perry, was arrested on a warrant for probation violation on an original charge of third-offense domestic abuse assault-injury or mental illness.

Goff was convicted in October 2018 in Dallas County District Court of assaulting his wife when he “grabbed her by the neck” and “in doing so, lifted her off the ground and threw her against the door,” according to court records.

Goff also “struck the victim in the face, causing bruising to the right eye and above the left eyebrow,” according to court records.

The one-year jail sentence was suspended by Dallas County District Court Judge Thomas P. Murphy, and Goff was placed on probation for one year. A violation of probation in June 2019 led to 15 days in jail and a resetting of the one-year probation clock.

According to court records, Goff again violated the terms of his probation in January 2020 when he missed scheduled probation appointments, failed to enroll in the Iowa Domestic Assault Intervention Program and tested “positive for methamphetamine” in a Council Bluffs hospital after an “overdose on his prescription medication.”

A report from the Fifth Judicial District probation parole office said Goff “continues to violate probation requirements” and “is a danger to himself and the community.”

A warrant for Goff’s arrest was issued Jan. 14 by Dallas County District Court Judge Terry Rickers.

Goff was arrested Jan. 22 in Jefferson on a charge of fifth-degree theft in connection with the theft of a bottle of Jim Beam from the Jefferson HyVee.

The Dallas County arrest warrant was served Jan. 22 by the Dallas County Sheriff’s office.

Goff is held without bond in the Dallas County Jail prior to an initial appearance Jan. 24 in Dallas County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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