Thursday, December 9, 2010

Beyond Comprehension

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has refused to accept a resignation by letter and referred for disciplinary proceedings a criminal conviction for sexual exploitation of a child. The attorney was suspended pending further proceedings.

The Army Times reported the attorney's arrest in October 2009:

FBI agents arrested an Army lawyer and West Point graduate Wednesday on charges of producing and distributing child pornography.

Maj. Daniel A. Woolverton of Arlington, Va., 35, is scheduled to appear in court Friday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Court documents state Woolverton faces one count of production of child pornography and two counts of distribution of child pornography. All three are felonies.

As of Thursday, an attorney for Woolverton was not listed in federal court records.

The case began May 22, when an undercover FBI special agent, using peer-to-peer software, came upon a user named “VERONICA_S2000” who had made available for sharing “several child pornography images and videos,” according to an affidavit submitted to the court by FBI Special Agent Chad Gallagher.

The undercover agent browsed through the user’s folder and viewed images that appeared to be child pornography, according to the affidavit.

On or about July 21, through an administrative subpoena, investigators learned that the images were coming from an IP address assigned to a Daniel Woolverton at an Arlington address, according to the affidavit.

FBI agents searched the address Wednesday and seized a 4-gigabyte camera memory card that contained about 19 images and videos depicting sexually explicit conduct, including one involving an infant who appeared to be less than a year old, according to the affidavit.

WUSA9.com has more information about the crimes:

A former Army Major from our area was sentenced to 27 years in federal prison for a horrific crime: raping a baby.

Federal authorities found 30,000 images and 100 videos of child pornography on the computer of 35 year-old Daniel Woolverton.

Daniel Woolverton was a 1997 West Point graduate, with a career as an Army trial lawyer that appeared to be on the fast track. Now, hes behind bars after raping a boy as young as three months old, an act he videotaped.

"Well, its repulsive," said an Arlington neighbor.

"Raping an infant? Oh boy. Thats terrible," said another.

Neighbors say Woolverton lived with his wife and children on a quiet Arlington street. Quiet until law enforcement descended on the home last fall and seized tens of thousands of pornographic images and videos, including a memory card with images of a man raping an infant.

"The day that it happened, the entire street was alive from about five in the morning on," remembered a neighbor who lives across the street. "More police than I've ever seen. Ever. And they were from, you name it."

"It can happen anywhere in today's world. Somebody with a computer," said another neighbor, who lives next door.

According to court records, the wristwatch on the man in the videos and items in the Arlington home linked Woolverton to the crimes. Agents also found a bib worn by the baby in the pornographic images inside Woolverton's car.

9News spoke with a young couple cradling their newborn as they took an evening stroll.

"I just think that's horrifying. It's just beyond my comprehension," said the new father.

"To even fathom that, I think is impossible," said the new mother.

The attorney may resign under procedures that would impose a sanction tantamount to disbarment. (Mike Frisch)

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