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FORMER BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA LEADER SENTENCED TO 7 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR RECEIPT OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2014

TULSA, Okla. — United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma, Danny C. Williams Sr., announced today that a former Boy Scouts of America Lodge Chief and Scout leader was sentenced in Federal court for receiving child pornography.

Kevin D. Woolsey, 22, of Jenks, was sentenced by United States Court Judge Claire V. Eagan to serve 84 months, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release, after a one-count Information charge for Receipt of Child Pornography. Woolsey was charged by sealed Information on September 19, 2013, and entered a guilty plea on November 5, 2013. The defendant targeted males between 14 to 16 years of age who primarily participated in the Boy Scouts or who were members of a church youth group.

“The defendant used his position of authority to exploit and manipulate children,” said U.S. Attorney Williams. “My office will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to punish those who would prey on the most vulnerable in our communities.”

Specifically, Woolsey admitted that on or about May 19, 2012, he received one or more visual depictions involving the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Woolsey created a fictitious Facebook page that falsely purported to belong to a minor female known to the victim.  Woolsey established communication with the victim through the Facebook page, then engaged the victim in sexually-oriented conversation and sent the victim pornographic images. Posing as a minor female, Woolsey requested photos from the victim, who sent the photos via the internet to an e-mail address Woolsey provided.

Woolsey received pornographic images from at least 11 minors. He created at least 7 fictitious Facebook accounts posing as different female minors from the church youth group.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey Gallant.

This 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. For more information about Project Safe Childhood and Internet safety education, visit www.usdoj.gov/psc.

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