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Pennsylvania Woman Sentenced After Convicted Of Downloading Child Porn In Attempt To Frame Husband

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A Pennsylvania woman who was found guilty of downloading child pornography and then blaming it on her estranged husband was sentenced Monday for up to two years in prison.

Meri Jane Woods, 43, of Clymer, was sentenced by an Indiana County judge, who denied her attorney’s requests for lenience and to delay the sentence until after the holiday season, The Indiana Gazette reports.

She was also sentenced to two years probation for a companion charge of unsworn falsification to law enforcement. As part of her sentence, Woods was ordered to undergo mental health and anger management evaluations, Trib Total Media reports.

Woods allegedly found the porn images on her home computer in August 2013 and told investigators that her estranged husband, Matthew Woods, had downloaded them.

But police determined based on the time stamps that the images had been downloaded more than two weeks after her husband moved out of the house under terms of a protection-from-abuse order.

A jury found Woods guilty of the charges on Aug. 19.

She continues to deny any criminal offense, telling the judge: “This is because I was doing something good that turned out bad against me. I only wanted to protect my children.”

While the Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board determined Woods is not a sexually violent predator, she must register her address, workplaces and schools she attends for the next 15 years.

Sources: The Indiana GazetteTrib Total Media / Photo Credit: LaMenta3Brian Turner/Flickr Creative Commons