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Woody Creeker gets 3 1/2 years in child porn case

Chad Abraham

A longtime upper valley resident who had child pornography on his computer will spend nearly four years in federal prison.Willard “Bill” McDonough, 68, of Woody Creek received a 3 1/2-year sentence and was fined $25,000 by U.S. District Court Judge Phillip Figa at a hearing in Denver federal court Monday. McDonough, who owned a sporting goods store in Aspen for 20 years, has a month to report to prison. The federal Bureau of Prisons will decide where he serves his sentence.McDonough pleaded guilty Nov. 30 to possession of child pornography. The investigation began on Christmas Eve 2004, when McDonough contacted an Illinois detective he thought was a 13-year-old girl named Jenny.”Over the ensuing weeks and months, [McDonough] engaged in chats that were of a sexually explicit nature,” says a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.Neither McDonough nor his attorney returned messages Monday.The office’s statement shines new light on the investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It says the defendant “was interested in traveling to Illinois to have sex with Jenny.” He also sought to take graphic pictures when they met to have sex and sent the detective with the Decatur Police Department images of child pornography.One image “was of an identified child victim from a series of child pornographic images kept on file” in a national child victim database. McDonough also connected online with “Missy” and “Brit,” two police officers posing as friends of “Jenny” online, authorities said. “The defendant later planned to send web cameras to the ‘girls’ so they could engage in sexually explicit conduct while he watched from his computer,” the statement says. “The defendant sent two web cameras via the United States mail on or about March 14, 2005; one addressed to Jenny and the other to Missy.”Law enforcement intercepted the cameras. Federal agents searched McDonough’s home on March 29, and the computer revealed images of child pornography. McDonough agreed to forfeit his computer and hard drive.”Sharing child pornography over the Internet can be easy,” said Jeffrey Copp, head of the Denver ICE office, in the prepared statement. “But under ICE’s Operation Predator program, criminal child pornographers never know if the person they’re talking with is a law enforcement officer. Today’s sentence may help deter potential child pornographers from this destructive and illegal behavior.”The arrest warrant in the case contains graphic details of McDonough’s conversation with the detective. He asked if he should bring alcohol to the rendezvous and told “Jenny” to not save any of the images he sent.”Do you know what would happen to me if we are caught?” he asked, according to the warrant. “I would go to jail for a long, long time.”Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is chad@aspentimes.com


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