GREAT FALLS – John Douglas Woodcock, who admitted to downloading child pornography on his cell phone, was convicted in federal court in Great Falls on January 6, 2022.
Woodcock, 41, pleaded guilty in September 2021 to receiving child pornography.
Prosecutors alleged that Woodcock knowingly received child pornography from April 2019 to December 2019, when officers from the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received advice from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. implicating a Cascade County suspect downloading child pornography.
An investigation led to Woodcock as a subscriber to the Internet provider‘s address associated with the tip.
Officers searched Woodcock’s residence and seized his cell phone. Woodcock admitted that he had downloaded child pornography in the past year and had done so on the day he was interviewed. Officers found over 1,000 child pornography images and video files on Woodcock’s cell phone.
United States Chief Justice Brian M. Morris presided over and sentenced Woodcock to six years in prison, followed by 10 years on probation, US Attorney Leif Johnson said in a press release.
Morris also ordered Woodcock to pay $ 36,000 in restitution to the victims.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Cyndee Peterson continued the case, which was investigated by the Montana Task Force on Internet Crimes Against Children, Great Falls Police Department , Homeland Security Investigations and the Montana Criminal Investigations Division.