Organizer of New Year's event allegedly started a fire on woman's doorstep.The event promoter behind last week's "Orange County New Year's Eve" celebration in Costa Mesa has been charged with stalking an ex-girlfriend and committing arson at her home.
Richard Eugene Goodwin, 36, of Laguna Beach was arraigned in December, Orange County Deputy Dist. Atty. Susan Schroeder said. Goodwin has been charged with two counts of felony arson, stalking and making annoying phone calls. If convicted on all charges, Goodwin could face as much as 13 years in prison, Schroeder said.
Prosecutors allege that around August, Goodwin started harassing a 21-year-old woman whom he had dated. In December, the woman moved to a new home in an attempt to hide from Goodwin, but he reportedly found her home and started a fire on her doorstop. Schroeder said she could not reveal where the woman lives.