Crime

Perkinston man admits having child porn videos

William Joshua Woodward
William Joshua Woodward

GULFPORT -- A Perkinston man has admitted having child pornography, including videos of a girl and naked man that he downloaded on his desktop computer.

William Joshua Woodward, 39, pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court.

He will be sentenced July 7.

The maximum penalty for possession of child porn under federal law is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Woodward had come under investigation through the work of a cybercrime task force that monitors online file-sharing networks. Woodward had downloaded two videos or movie files that both showed a girl under the age of 18 and a nude man participating in a variety of sexual activities.

A Wiggins police detective, a task force member, reviewed the videos and subpoenaed the Internet service provider to find out who had downloaded them.

One video lasted nearly 52 minutes, according to the testimony of a Homeland Security Investigations agent. The other video lasted 4 1/2 minutes.

Task force agents went to the Stone County home of the man who was paying for the Internet service used to download the porn. The man told agents the service was for a computer his son had bought the previous summer. He told them the computer was in his son's bedroom and his son was the only one who used the computer.

Agents arrested Woodward, who has been held with no bond since Feb. 12.

Further investigation showed it wasn't his first time to access child porn via the Internet. He had been downloading pornographic material of children on his computer for more than seven months, since July 1, 2015, the indictment said.

Woodward entered his guilty plea last week before Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Jones prosecuted the case.

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