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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Orange Park Man Sentenced To 15 Years For Offering Child Sexual Abuse Photos For Sale On The Internet

Jacksonville, Florida – United States District Judge Marcia Morales Howard has sentenced Antony Eugene Woody (33, Orange Park) to 15 years in federal prison for advertising images depicting the sexual abuse and torture of children for sale using the internet. Woody was also ordered to serve a six-year term of supervised release, to register as a sex offender, and to pay a fine of $995. Woody has been in custody since his arrest on March 22, 2019.

Woody had pleaded guilty on May 14, 2021.

According to court documents, in February 2019, the FBI discovered that an online user named “imsoofreakyy” was using a particular social media application to offer child sex abuse images for sale on the internet. Meanwhile, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) received a Cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that the same user (“imsoofreakyy”) was using a particular email address to advertise images of children being sexually assaulted. CCSO detectives were able to identify this individual as Antony Eugene Woody who resided in Orange Park. 

On March 22, 2019, CCSO officers and FBI agents executed a search warrant at Woody’s residence and later made contact with Woody at a local supermarket. During an interview, Woody admitted that he downloaded child sex abuse images from the internet, labeled these images with titles, prices, and his online contact information, and then re-posted them for sale using a social media app. Woody also admitted that online customers responded to his advertisements, that he received money for these sales using the Venmo app, and that he had defrauded some of these customers by taking their money but refusing to send them the contraband images that they had purchased. Woody received at least $995 in profits from these sales.

A search of Woody’s cellphone revealed 33 videos and 40 images depicting the sexual abuse of young children. Two of these images bore advertising language that was created and placed on them by Woody.        

This case was investigated by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, the Westbrook (Maine) Police Department, the Broward County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Boston and Jacksonville, with assistance from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 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.

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Updated September 8, 2021