Jacksonville, Florida – United States District Judge Brian J. Davis has sentenced Aaron Kirk Woolman (58, Hagerman, Idaho) to 10 years in federal prison for attempting to entice a 9-year-old child to engage in sexual activity and produce pornographic images of herself. Woolman was also ordered to serve a 10-year term of supervised release and to register as a sex offender. He had pleaded guilty on June 16, 2020.
According to court documents, on August 7, 2019, an undercover FBI agent from Jacksonville, posing as a parent of a 9-year-old child, made online contact with Woolman in an online chat application. During several online chat sessions, Woolman solicited the “parent” to send him pornographic images of the purported child. Woolman also engaged in conversations via text messaging with an undercover FBI agent posing as the 9-year-old child. During these conversations, Woolman solicited the “child” to engage in sexual activity, produce explicit images of herself, and send these images to Woolman. Woolman tried to convince the “child” to comply with his requests by sending the “child” explicit images of himself and adult pornography.
On December 13, 2019, FBI agents and other law enforcement personnel executed a search warrant at Woolman’s home in Hagerman, Idaho, where he was arrested. Woolman admitted that he had sent the “girl” a picture of his penis and acknowledged that he had asked the “girl” for a picture of her in the shower and for other explicit pictures of her.
A search of Woolman’s online cloud storage account revealed that it contained several images and videos depicting young children engaged in sexual activity with adults. One of the videos depicted a 3 to 4-year-old child being forced to perform oral sex on an adult male. Woolman’s smart phone also contained child sex abuse images as well as images and videos depicting Woolman’s genitals.
“This defendant was not only willing to commit heinous crimes against a child, he was caught with horrific images that victimized others,” said Rachel L. Rojas, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Jacksonville Division. “This case is a great example of the work that can be done when law enforcement agencies collaborate across state lines, and do everything in our power to stop additional children from being exploited in the future.”
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Jacksonville and Boise, Idaho, as well as the Gooding County (Idaho) Sheriff’s Office and the Twin Falls (Idaho) Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney D. Rodney Brown.
This is another case 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.justice.gov/psc.