PA woman convicted of downloading child pornography in attempt to frame husband
A woman in Clymer, Pennsylvania was convicted of downloading child pornography in a misguided attempt to frame her husband, The Indiana Gazette reports.
Meri Woods went to police last year claiming she had evidence that her husband, Matthew, had downloaded child pornography. Police computer forensic investigators quickly determined that Matthew Woods could not have downloaded the images, as he had been compelled to leave the family home on a protection-from-abuse order at the time they were downloaded.
According to District Attorney Patrick Dougherty, “she download in excess of 40 images of different acts of child pornography to the family computer, took it to the state police and said, ‘My husband downloaded all this porn.”
The six-man, six-woman jury did not believe Meri Woods story, and took less than two hours to find her guilty of one felony count of sexual abuse of children, one count of possession of child pornography, and a misdemeanor count of lying to law enforcement. That last charge can be punished by up to two years in jail, and the felony charges could net Woods seven years and a $15,000 fine.
She may also be forced to register as a sex offender in the state of Pennsylvania for 15 years.
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