Suspect to plead in child porn case | AspenTimes.com

Suspect to plead in child porn case

Chad Abraham

A Woody Creek man will plead guilty in November to a reduced charge in a child pornography case after federal authorities investigated him for nearly nine months.Willard “Bill” McDonough, 67, pleaded not guilty to possession of materials that contain more than one image of child pornography Wednesday in federal district court in Denver. But Dave Gaouette, assistant to the U.S. attorney, said the suspect will change his plea as part of a plea bargain.McDonough, who owned a sporting goods store in Aspen for 20 years, could be sentenced to prison for as long as 10 years and be fined a maximum of $250,000.The investigation began on Christmas Eve 2004. A detective in the Decatur (Ill.) Police Department posing as a 13-year-old girl allegedly had an Internet conversation with the suspect.The search warrant, which was executed on McDonough’s Doc Henry Road residence in late March, contains numerous graphic details about their alleged conversations.Using the screen name “sandiegocars,” McDonough asked the detective, who used the screen name “jennyk12inil,” for sex numerous times during the sting and sent him pictures of children engaged in sex acts, the warrant says.A few days later, McDonough allegedly told “jennyk12inil” to call him and gave out his phone number. A female detective posing as Jenny made the call.”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.'”McDonough allegedly talked about getting a hotel room and asked if he should bring alcohol. The detective later instant-messaged the suspect, who said, “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.A message left with McDonough’s attorney, Pamela Mackey, who represented NBA star Kobe Bryant in his sexual assault case, was not returned.The suspect was traced through Internet provider Yahoo, and the phone number was listed under McDonough’s name, according to information from the Qwest phone company, the warrant says.Authorities seized a computer from McDonough’s home when they served the search warrant, and he also faces a forfeiture count related to the equipment.”If he’s convicted of, or pleads guilty to, the [child pornography] allegation, then any personal property used or intended to be used to commit that crime is forfeitable under federal law,” Gaouette said.McDonough, who is free on a $25,000 bond, was also being investigated for possible distribution of child pornography, but he is charged only with possession.The plea agreement will take into account “all of the relevant or criminal conduct committed by this gentleman,” Gaouette said. “Rather than plead to X number of other counts, what I believe is going to occur is that the judge will be able to look at all the relevant conduct … and be able to base a sentence on all of the conduct.”McDonough’s next court date is Nov. 7. Gaouette said it’s unclear whether McDonough will plead guilty to the original charges or a different charge as part of the plea bargain.Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is chad@aspentimes.com

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