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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Tennessee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 17, 2020

Nashville Man Sentenced To 45 Years In Federal Prison For Child Exploitation Crimes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – January 17, 2020 – Cecil Clint Woodard, 42, of Nashville, Tennessee, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Court Judge Eli J. Richardson to 45 years in federal prison for child pornography offenses, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Woodard was charged in a 22-count indictment in August 2017 and pleaded guilty in January 2019 to 14 counts of production of child pornography; 6 counts of transportation of child pornography and 1 count of possession of child pornography.

According to court documents, during April through June 2016, Woodard subjected a 3-year-old child to multiple acts of sexual abuse, including rape. While committing these acts, at his Nashville home on 14 separate occasions, Woodard recorded over 300 sexually explicit images and produced more than 20 videos of this child and distributed it on the internet on numerous occasions.

Woodward was arrested on June 11, 2016, by officers with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and was in possession of other images and videos that he collected from the Internet that depicted other minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  Court records also illustrate that Woodard had previously sexually molested another child while she was between nine and 12 years of age and on other occasions he pretended to be a 15-16 year-old male while online, in an attempt to secure more sexually explicit images of children.  

This case was investigated by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and the FBI.  Assistant U.S. Attorney S. Carran Daughtrey prosecuted the case.

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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Contact: 
David Boling Public Information Officer 615-736-5956 david.boling2@usdoj.gov
Updated January 17, 2020