Sacramento, Calif.- Acting United States Attorney Lawrence G. Brown announced that BRIAN WOODIN, 40, of Roseville, Calif., pleaded guilty before Senior United States District Judge Edward J. Garcia to producing, transporting, and possessing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
This case is the product of an extensive investigation by the Savannah, Georgia and Sacramento offices of the FBI.
According to Assistant United States Attorney Laurel D. White, who is prosecuting the case, the evidence revealed that in June of last year, WOODIN produced images of himself engaged in sexual activity with a nine-year-old girl and sent those images to another man in Georgia. A search warrant was obtained for WOODIN’s Placer County residence and place of employment, and an analysis was conducted on the computer equipment that was seized from both locations. The analysis revealed WOODIN possessed some of the same images that were sent to the Georgia man in June 2008. When interviewed, the mother of the victim identified both her daughter and WOODIN as the persons depicted in the sexually explicit images that were transported to Georgia. Additionally, WOODIN was found to possess more than 600 images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, including images of known and previously identified victims of child sexual abuse.
The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced by the Honorable Edward J. Garcia on June 26, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. The maximum statutory penalty for the production offense is 30 years in prison. That charge also carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years. The transportation charge carries a mandatory minimum five-year term in prison to a 20-year maximum. The possession charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables, and any applicable statutory sentencing factors.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, PSC marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.