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Woman Reports Husband For Child Porn, Ends Up In Handcuffs Herself

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

An Indiana woman was found guilty of downloading more than 40 images of child pornography in an attempt to frame her estranged husband.

Meri Jane Woods, 43, was convicted of one felony count of sexual abuse of children/possession of child pornography and a misdemeanor count of lying to law enforcement on Tuesday.

“She download[ed] 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,’” District Attorney Patrick Dougherty told the Indiana Gazette.

However, computer technicians found the images had been downloaded between Aug. 11 and 14, 2013.

At that time, her husband, Matthew Woods, had been forced out of the house by a protection-from-abuse order, prosecutors said.

While a rebuttal witness testified that some date stamps are unreliable, the jury found Woods guilty.

She faces up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine for the felony child porn conviction. The misdemeanor conviction for unsworn falsification to law enforcement carries with it up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine, the Gazette reported.

Her sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 15, giving the Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board time to evaluate Woods.

Sources: Indiana Gazette, TheBlaze

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