Police Officer Charged in Federal Criminal Complaint With Child Pornography Offenses
FORT WORTH, Texas — A federal criminal complaint was filed today charging Phillip Woolery, 47, an officer with the Grapevine, Texas, Police Department, with receipt and attempted receipt of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. Woolery was arrested yesterday at his residence in Crowley, Texas, by U.S. Postal Inspectors during the execution of a federal search warrant. Woolery is scheduled to make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey L. Cureton in U.S. District Court in Fort Worth, Texas, today at 2:30 p.m.
According to the affidavit filed with the criminal complaint, U.S. Postal Inspectors connected Woolery’s home address and email to a January 2010 purchase of a DVD set containing images of child pornography that was mailed to his home address. During the execution of the search warrant yesterday, law enforcement seized that DVD set and spoke to Woolery who acknowledged ordering DVDs that contained visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
A federal complaint is a written statement of the essential facts of the offenses charged, and must be made under oath before a magistrate judge. A defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. The penalty upon conviction for receipt and attempted receipt of child pornography, as charged in the complaint, is not less than five years or more than 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release. The U.S. Attorney’s office has 30 days to present the matter to a grand jury for indictment.
This matter 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 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better 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."
The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aisha Saleem is in charge of the prosecution.
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