Man who downloaded child porn at father’s home gets prison, fine

William Joshua Woodward
William Joshua Woodward

A man who downloaded child pornography at his father’s Perkinston home has been sentenced to prison for more than seven years.

Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. sentenced William Joshua Woodward to 87 months in prison Friday.

The judge also fined the 39-year-old Woodward $10,000 and ordered restitution of $2,500, federal court records show.

Woodward had quit his job in Maryland and moved in to help his father, who was recuperating from heart surgery, the father wrote in a letter to the court.

Woodward had bought a computer and was using Internet service paid for by his father to download pornographic images, including videos of a girl and a naked man, court documents show.

His father, in a letter to Guirola, said he did not condone what his son had done, but said his son “never acted inappropriately.” The father, 68, said there was no way he could keep his farm running due to his recuperation. He said his son, a beekeeper, worked hard on the family farm, took charge of their beehives, drove him back and forth to the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Biloxi and into Wiggins to buy supplies.

Task force involved

Woodward came under investigation through the work of a cybercrime task force that monitors online file-sharing networks. His downloads included 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. Another lasted 4 1/2 minutes.

Father unaware

Task force agents went to the Stone County home of the man who was paying for the Internet service. The father was unaware of who had downloaded the images and videos, testimony revealed, but he told them it was his son’s computer, it was in his son’s bedroom and his son was the only one who used the computer.

Woodward has been held with no bond since Feb. 12.

An indictment alleged he’d been downloading child porn since July 1, 2015.

An exhibit filed in court records shows Woodward this year downloaded about 100 temporary files between Jan. 15 and Feb. 7.

Woodward pleaded guilty in April. He was sentenced Friday.