Woody Creek man pleads guilty to child porn charges | AspenTimes.com

Woody Creek man pleads guilty to child porn charges

Chad Abraham

Woody Creek resident Willard “Bill” McDonough could receive up to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography Wednesday.McDonough, 67, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography and a related count in which he agreed to forfeit his computer. He is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 27 in federal district court in Denver.The investigation into the longtime resident of the upper valley, who owned a sporting goods store on the Cooper Avenue mall for 20 years, was launched on Christmas Eve 2004. According to the search warrant, McDonough began exchanging online instant messages with a detective who he thought was a 13-year-old girl; the Decatur (Ill.) Police Department detective was using the screen name Jennyk12inil.They talked via e-mail for more than a month, during which time McDonough repeatedly asked the investigator for sex and sent him pictures of children engaged in sexual acts, the warrant says. The warrant contains numerous lurid allegations.After their first conversation, when the suspect said he was in his 30s, McDonough gave “Jenny” his cell phone number. A female detective in Decatur called him.”During the conversation, the man identified as ‘Bill’ talked about having ‘Jenny’ play with her nipples,” the warrant says. “‘Bill’ also asked when they could get together but that they would have to be really careful. ‘Bill’ stated, ‘I’m a little afraid that you are 13, but I want to make sure you are mature enough so we can have fun.'”‘Bill’ asked ‘Jenny’ if she could spend the night with him if he came and got a hotel. ‘Bill’ stated that he wanted ‘Jenny’ to shave her [pubic hair] or let him shave it for her. ‘Bill’ asked ‘Jenny’ if he should bring alcohol.'”Later that day, the detective again instant-messaged McDonough, who was using the screen name “Sandiegocars.” He asked “Jenny,” “Do you know what would happen to me if we are caught? I would go to jail for a long, long time,” the warrant says.While the maximum sentence is 10 years, federal sentencing guidelines recommend between six and a half and eight years.”We’re looking at something in that range,” said Dave Gaouette, assistant to the U.S. attorney.If he goes to prison, the Federal Bureau of Prisons will determine where he will serve the sentence.”It wouldn’t necessarily be here in Colorado,” Gaouette said.He remains free until sentencing on $25,000 bond. Under the conditions of his bond, he is not allowed to use a computer. He does not have to wear a monitoring bracelet.McDonough attended Wednesday’s hearing with his lawyer, Pamela Mackey. He expressed little emotion during the proceeding, Gaouette said.Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is chad@aspentimes.com

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