Man accused of exposing himself to child in Canandaigua

Paul Goodrell charged with public lewdness

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CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — A man faces charges after allegedly exposing himself in front of a 7-year-old child last week in a grocery store in Canandaigua.

Paul W. Goodrell, 54, was charged Dec. 9 with first-degree public lewdness and endangering the welfare of a child, the Canandaigua Police Department announced Dec. 14. According to police, Goodrell exposed himself in front of the child Dec. 8 and tried to lure the child away from their guardians. Police investigated and identified him at the same store the next day, taking him into custody.

Police say Goodrell intentionally damaged his parole-issued ankle monitoring bracelet while being transported to the police station, and say this was captured by the police department’s surveillance system. Additional charges are pending.

As of Thursday night, he already had been released from the Ontario County Jail.

Here’s what former Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson had to say about his last arrest, in Victor in 2021: “The New York State Division of Parole felt that he was able to be released back into society and again, based on the history of this individual, he is right back out in victimizing more people.”

Since 1989, Goodrell has been arrested on public lewdness charges at least eight times and has spent several years in state prison. According to the state Department of Corrections, he most recently was released on parole in July of this year.

Police say the surveillance from the grocery store obtained in the investigation indicates there were additional victims. Anyone with information regarding additional victims is encouraged to contact Officer Jeremiah Welch at