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Former Grapevine Officer Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charges

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Philip Woolery (credit: Tarrant County Sheriff's Office)

Philip Woolery (credit: Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office)

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) — A former officer with the Grapevine Police Department has pled guilty to charges stemming from sexually explicit pictures he took of a minor in 2011. United States Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña announced the plea on Wednesday.

Philip Woolery appeared in federal court in Fort Worth, pleading guilty to one count of production, and one count of possession, of child pornography. He faces a minimum of 15 years and maximum of 40 years in federal prison, a $500,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release.

According to court documents, Woolery admitted to recording a minor male engaging in sexually explicit conduct in a swimming pool in August 2011. He also confessed to possessing a laptop computer that contained a sexually explicit image of a nude minor male. That computer was also used by Woolery to search the internet for websites containing child pornography.

Woolery was arrested by U.S. Postal Inspectors in October 2012 at his residence in Crowley and placed on leave by the department. A federal judge ruled that Woolery was a flight risk and denied him bail.

According to the criminal complaint, inspectors were able to trace Woolery’s home and email addresses to a DVD set purchased online in January 2010. Woolery later admitted to law enforcement that he ordered the DVDs, which contained sexually explicit images of children.

Sentencing is set for September 17, 2013.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative of the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

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