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Shelburne Man Sentenced to 24 Months in Jail for Possession of Child Pornography

July 13, 2012

Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Woodward Anderson, 38, of Shelburne, Vermont, was sentenced July 9, 2012 by Chief United States District Court Judge William K. Sessions III to 24 months in prison for the possession of child pornography. He was also sentenced to 10 years of supervised release after the conclusion of his prison term. Anderson was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshals Service at the conclusion of the sentencing hearing to begin his sentence.

According to Court records, Anderson posed as a teenager on an internet site called MocoSpace. During that time, he made contact with young females from several states. He communicated with them via text messages and telephone calls. During his relationship with at least four of these females, he solicited sexually explicit photographs from them. Anderson pled guilty to possession of a sexually explicit photograph of a teenager from North Carolina that law enforcement discovered on his cell phone after a search of his apartment pursuant to a state court warrant.

Anderson was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 1, 2011 and pled guilty to Count 7 of the Indictment on March 12, 2012. Although on pretrial release since September 23, 2011, Anderson had been subject to very strict conditions of release, including location monitoring.

This case was investigated by the Chittenden Unit For Special Investigations ("CUSI") and Homeland Security Investigations ("HSI"), a component of the United States Department of Homeland Security. The United States Attorney, Tristram J. Coffin, commends those agencies for their work in this matter. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nancy J. Creswell. Anderson was represented by Steven Barth of the Office of the Federal Public Defender.

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