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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Michigan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Macomb Township Man Sentenced Today For Manufacturing And Distributing Child Pornography

A 33-year-old Macomb Township man was sentenced today to 30 years in federal prison followed by fifteen years of supervised release after having been found guilty by a federal jury in December, 2012 of producing and distributing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today.     

 McQuade was joined in the announcement by Robert D. Foley, III, Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Thomas William Wooten was sentenced before U.S. District Judge Marianne O. Battani in Detroit.  The evidence at trial showed that Wooten produced and distributed on the internet pornographic images of a three-year-old girl, including a video of her engaging in a sexual act with Wooten.  Wooten also downloaded and collected hundreds of child pornographic images and videos, some of which he obtained by trading the images he created. 

 “Regrettably, the internet provides child predators with a ready market for child pornography, but it also helps us to rescue children who are being sexually abused,” McQuade said. 

FBI Special Agent in Charge Foley stated, “These despicable crimes victimize and exploit innocent children.  The FBI is committed to the arrest and prosecution of criminals who engage in such deplorable, heinous behavior.”

The case was investigated by special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Hala Jarbou.

 

Updated March 19, 2015