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Georgia Man Indicted On Federal Charges Of Advertisement For Child Pornography And Attempted Online Child Enticement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 16, 2012

Jacksonville, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces the return of an indictment charging Stephen Joseph Woods, a/k/a “casonova2842" (33, Savannah, Georgia) with three counts of advertising for child pornography over the Internet and two counts of attempted online enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity. If convicted, Wood faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years and up to 30 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine for each advertising charge. He faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine on each of the attempted enticement charges. Woods has been in custody since his arrest on November 2, 2012, in St. Augustine, Florida.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, the Volusia County Sheriffs’ Office, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.

It is another case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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