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Not Meri WoodsINDIANA, PA – Meri Woods, 43, is looking at a possible nine years in prison after she was found guilty of downloading child porn in an attempt to frame her ex-husband.

About a year ago, Woods told investigators that she’d discovered her husband, Matthew Woods, had downloaded child porn on the family computer.

Police computer experts were able to immediately rule out Matthew as the person who downloaded the images by finding they were date-stamped during a time Matthew had already been forced from the home by a protection-from-abuse order.

Based on the findings, Woods was arrested and charged with a felony count of sexual abuse of children/possession of child pornography and a misdemeanor count of unsworn falsification to law enforcement. She pleaded not guilty and opted for a jury to decide her fate.

Turns out that was a bad move.

“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,’” District Attorney Patrick Dougherty told the jury.

He only called up one witness, a state police forensic investigator. Woods’ defense attorney had a rebuttal witness who testified that time stamps on images could be unreliable.

After about 10 hours of deliberation, a jury of six men and six women came to a decision and found Woods guilty of the felony and misdemeanor charges

Dougherty said the misdemeanor conviction is punishable by up to two years in jail and a $5,000 fine, while the felony conviction could bring up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Woods is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 15 to give the Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board time to decide if Woods will have to register as a sex offender for up to 15 years.

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  • thebossessecretary

    Wow. It might have been cheaper and easier to pay someone to kill him. At least in MY neighborhood.

  • CT

    Well, I will give her points for originality. Way too many poisonings and stabbings lately for my liking.

  • Buffettgirl

    Ain’t Karma a BITCH? How, in this day and age did she think that dumbass plan was going to work? How do you NOT know about computer time stamps in 2014? Retardiot…

  • MrTwoPlums

    They need to nail her ass to the wall with every possible thing they can and send a message that it is not ok to use the courts, or further exploit already exploited children in some petty vindictive quest to
    smear her ex-husband. Sex offender registry, ankle bracelets, no being with children or going near schools. Everything that an actual guilty pedo would be hit with.

  • Mr.CustodialArts

    Why didn’t she just invoke the Pete Townshend defense, you know, the images were “FOR RESEARCH.”

  • wastintime

    I have a ex that I absolutely HATE! I mean, the kind of hate that makes me search the news if there is a car accident, as long as our son isn’t hurt, I don’t care what happens to him.
    But this? Framing someone, especially for child porn!??
    She is one sick bitch.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    Agreed.

    Depending on the statute of limitations pertaining to that protection order that forced him from the home, they should look into that, too. If they can determine no one was being abused, they should slap her with charges for that incident as well.

  • King A sshole

    What happened to accusing us of false rape? This is to far!

  • letinstar

    what a grade CUNT…

  • Sara

    Oooh…that’s going to be my new favorite insult. Retardiot! Love it!

  • NoBS

    I still believe false rape allegations are much worse.
    It not only hurts the falsely accused, but it can cast doubt on REAL victims of rape.
    It’s like arming the rapist with a viable lame assed mother fucking excuse!

  • link07

    She shouldn’t have to register on the sex offender list, but i hope she does a little time. She wasn’t just trying to fight over money, or custody she planned to permanently desyroy his life.

  • Tenbux

    Defense attorney is right; timestamps can be falsified.
    …which means she’s an even bigger goddamn idiot for not altering the timestamps herself. How was that even a defense? Were they arguing that the husband preemptively forged the timestamps on his child porn stash before leaving to frame HER when she reported the stash? That’s a Xanatos Gambit that even Lex Luthor couldn’t pull off.

  • Valerie

    I agree.

  • Valerie

    Exactly. My ex really did attempt to rape me. He even signed a confession admitting to it. He later tried to recant and claim that the police forced him to sign it, but he was convicted. Being the victim of a sex crime and having to testify really sucks. They will do their best to sully your reputation to make it look like you were asking for it or deserved it. He even tried to claim I made it up just to spite him.

    I actually just went to his parole hearing on Wednesday.

  • NoBS

    Sadly, the memory of false rape claims sticks into the minds of the jury.
    Hence the devastation of the false rape claim.
    If it is proven that the accuser lied, they should be charged with the full extent of the accused crime.
    Fuck repeat offending, the message will get out!

  • NoBS

    I disagree, downloading child porn needs no excuse for the near future.
    The lame excuse of, I was just doing it to hurt someone else will set a precedent in the courts.

  • itsknotme

    If Otis had a daughter, …

  • Andy Deane

    I just need to say that the photo chosen to go along with this article is the best!

  • Tom Octopus

    I have no specific objection to individuals accessing images of this nature (Seriously. They’re pictures, not actual things you did to anyone yourself…) There are a number of reasons why a person may have these types of images. Only a very few of those reasons is scary.

    I’m flabbergatsed by the number of people who appear to find possessors of child pornography more “serious” than those physically engaging in child sexual abuse. I’m not minded to call anyone stupid, ordinarily. But… Stupid, much?

    It’s alsmost like saying that watching a news report about a murder is EVIL!! But actually committing murder is less so…? That doesn’t really add up.

    However, manipulating the stigma that comes with such an accusation, as an extrajudicial punishment? Book + Throw it at her = Yeah, that’s fine by me.

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    Guess that one didn’t know about the timestamp codes. Bet she’s an avid FB fan.

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    Both are pretty fucked up. One could be the excited utterance of a person trapped in a lie, while the other they actually have to take the time to search & D/L.

  • Kristina

    What a mean….sour….bitch.

  • Valerie

    Yes, the penalty should be equal to a rape charge. There are sadly issues in which it gets murky. Do you charge someone when there isn’t enough evidence to support a rape claim? Would fear of prosecution make some women “stick to their guns” when they might of otherwise dropped the charges? It really sucks. Personally, I feel that they should be caned in the square if they are proven to falsely accuse someone of rape.

  • Ursula Pine

    Tom, the images had to come from somewhere though right, so someone actually had to be victimized to make those- it’s not like ‘ this is a mink coat, but it was my moms so it’s been dead for 50 years so it doesn’t count’. Sorry, but if the images are real people, it still counts as having hurt someone. I also don’t see the “number of reasons someone may have those”. Really?

  • link07

    What reasons would anyone have other than their perversion?

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    I actually agree with you for the most part.

    There’s the false perception that, if we eliminate the market, we will eliminate the abuse. That’s not the way it works. If we took all the resources we put into finding and convicting the possessors into finding and convicting the original offenders, we’d be FAR more successful.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    There have been cases where people have unwittingly had child porn deposited on their systems by malware type stuff, and it’s completely ruined their lives before they’ve been eventually found not responsible.

    There are also theories that access to such imagery will lessen the urge to actually commit abuse in some pedophiles.

  • Vincents_Sin

    She would’ve gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for those meddling kids… XD

  • MrClayton

    I think that it gets very dicey and starts the slippery slope when you try to charge for false rape. A (for sake of argument) woman gets enough when she has to replay the rape over and over and over and over again, the the defense atty talks to the woman and puts the veiled threat if she can’t prove it SHE might go to jail…I think more victims would not report a real rape, as they are in a very vulnerable state especially hours after the rape. Throw in the unsympathetic cop in the mix….

  • Tom Octopus

    Confusion? Naivety? A disconnect between a flat, 2D image, and reality?

    I think “pathetic” far quicker than I think “evil”.

  • MrClayton

    No, if the possession of CP would be decriminalized that would lead to a direct increase in demand. THEN more children would be victimized. Each time it is downloaded, shared, copied it IS a re-victimization. Even if they don’t know it. Ask any number of now adult victims of CP. places like LS magazine, and people like Kenneth Freeman would multiply.

  • Valerie

    I know. It would be hard. It’s one of those things that not charging seems to be the lesser or two evils.

  • Tom Octopus

    It’s a statistical thing, so it’s bound to seem cold. One child, abused, seen after the fact by many individuals (accessed for a variety of reasons!) seems very slightly better than many children, abused, during the fact by many individuals.

    It takes nothing to type a curious search request into Google, for example. Nowhere near the level of sexual perversion required to actually grab a kid and start getting “busy”.

    Prioritize. If you get less time for screwing a toddler, than for looking at a 13 year old’s mosquito bites – What do you imagine is likely to happen…?

    (RE: Arizona Man received 200 years for possessing 20 images of children. That’s categorically stupid.)

  • Tom Octopus

    Portgual decriminalized drugs possession a while ago. The problems with drug abuse didn’t go up, they went down.

    With respect, I won’t make a causal link there, nor will I jump to an unknowable conclusion. Although I will point out that I didn’t quite go so far as to suggest legalizing child pornography. What I said, as I’m sure you recall, is that I have no specific problem with those that access it. I didn’t say they wouldn’t get caught… Just that I wouldn’t start frothing at the mouth in some sort of abject rage.

  • m.gamboa

    Bitches like that are the reason why real victims are doubted.

  • Ursula Pine

    I don’t really think it works in the fashion you describe, the ‘oh as long as I stick to photos, I won’t go to prison (or not as long) so yeah, I’ll do that.’ , that the viewing of this stuff only fuels them to do worse, wasn’t there just a kid raped and killed at a trailer park by a teenager. And there is the fact that unlike dudes who jack it to porn or even visit hookers or get lap dances or whatever, that may get laughed at or perhaps a waggly of the finger or shake of the head from Aunt Martha, but doesn’t carry either the stigma or the reproach, as well as the general unavailability and fear of obtaining it as does pedo material.

    So I beg to differ with your argument and therefore suggest a pedo may look at it exactly the opposite as you describe which is ‘ ok they can track me on the dark net or usenet or torrents or cops/fbi but I might actually (or might as well get busted for the real thing) get away with kidnapping, raping, killing , or ‘ just’ molesting and threatening -or perhaps bribing or grooming a real kid’ . Sorry but the whole ‘old pictures are ok cause you can get so much more mileage out of them and hey less prison time’, nah not so much on that one. Also trying to age-up the example to 13 doesn’t make it any more palatable.

    As for the AZ case, I’m gonna say I feel way sorrier for stories like this link below than for people who participated in stuff that was created by the dregs of society who exploit and rape little kids. I’m not being all tolerant for their ‘orientation’, but don’t worry, I won’t be attending the demonstration of Pedos Across America Joining Hands with CIS-Gendered, Politically-Incorrect Mommies singing We are the World…we’ll tolerate anything, or else someone will call us a name- . I’d sooner put flowers on Ellie Nessler’s grave than show up to any douchebag mularkey like that. It’s fine, we don’t have to agree, this is ‘Murika.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/18/jeff-mizanskey-life-in-prison-pot-marijuana-missouri_n_4283575.html

  • A.Nony

    Why would she only have to register for up to 15 years? I figured people would have to register as a sex offender until their death because once the 15 years max is up, what’s to say there isn’t a reoffense

  • ScarletHarlot

    The children in those images have been abused. Put yourself in their shoes – how would you feel knowing images of the worst experiences of your life were being passed around the internet for sick bastards to get their rocks off? These aren’t “just images”, these are people.

    Then there’s the fact that child porn rings do circulate old images, but members are required to produce new images to gain entry into the inner circles. So yes, sickos who look at child porn are more likely to go on and victimize more children.

    Lastly, there’s no good reason for anyone to want to look at child porn, unless they’re in law enforcement and trying to protect the victims. Despite people asking, you haven’t given a reason why anyone would look at it unless they were a paedophile.

    Athena, I have the utmost respect for you after reading these comment sections for a while and listening to the podcasts. But I’m not convinced at all that being able to see images would lessen a paedophiles urge to abuse.We know from studies of ‘normal’ pornography that we become desensitized to images, and tend to look for more novel and extreme images as time goes on. I see no reason to believe that would be any different for paedophiles.

  • http://batman-news.com Stanley_Ipkiss

    But then the false allegations continue..there is no win that I can see.

  • Tom Octopus

    Well I doubt we’re going to agree much on this. Plus I may be pushing devil’s advocacy even beyond my own comfort zone.

    I certainly do agree with you about the gentleman from Missouri, however.

  • Tom Octopus

    Desensitization occurs in all media. Although it does indeed happen, few people who’ve played Grand Theft Auto go on a robbery-murder spree. The same can be said of cannabis – Specifically insistences that it’s a “gateway drug”, when in fact it very rarely is.

    I’m simply taking care here not to jump to a conclusion. To suggest that every person who accesses these images is evil, and has evil intent is way too far a leap for me.

    By allowing ourselves to become enraged, rather than understanding what’s going on – We risk ignoring the underlying problem hiding beneath the sensationalism.

    As I say, it requires a lot less “commitment” to do an unpleasant Google search – Than it does to actively attack a child. I might conclude that in some cases, possessors have no implicit wish to cause harm – Even if, to an extent, that’s precisely what they are causing.

    Notice the often used phrase “the abused become the abusers”. I don’t know whether this is true, or just a meaty soundbite – But it should shame us into taking a different approach to the problem. Clearly the “shout hate at people, stigamtize them and lock ‘em up” method hasn’t been working for a long time.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com Morbid

    I’ve always been on the fence with it. On one hand, there is the supply and demand argument… not sure if there’s ever been any true study that proves that viewers = creators, but I also wouldn’t compare it with prohibition of drugsalcohol and their societal impacts, either. I feel they are totally different animals.

    We do know that online pedo boards do employ a tit-for tat (no pun intended) methodology that only allows members access to newer child porn by providing new child porn of their own. Obviously that scenario doesn’t apply to scenarios in which someone may just be curious, or a pedophile looking for sexual release that doesn’t involve sexually assaulting a child or jacking off to child models on the Internet.

    As has been stated before, watching someone being murdered online doesn’t make you a murderer. If that were the case, and enjoying Schadenfreude was a crime, then a lot of our own members would be behind bars.

    What has me on the fence about child porn is that in some states, drawings of “child porn” are deemed illegal. I find that troublesome for multiple reasons, but mainly because there is NO victim.

    As I mentioned earlier, I’ve not seen any proof that definitively correlates the viewing of child porn to the increased manufacturing of child porn. But I’ve also not seen any studies that prove or disprove child porn (real or drawn) may help prevent a child being sexually abused because the possible offender got his or her rocks off with child porn found online.

    Tough, complicated subject.

  • Tom Octopus

    Very tough, indeed. I doubt anyone has *the* answer, simply because there may not be *an* answer.

    In a perfect world, of course this wouldn’t be a discussion – The very concept would be alien. But short of a 30 second Coca Cola commercial, that’s not the world we live in. We can trundle along, incuriously cowering at the various “threats” that crop up on our journey from womb to grave. Most people do.

    That’s just not how my mind works. I was the kid who dismantled a toaster to see how it worked. I was the kid who nearly drowned wanting to calculate the depth of a lake. I was the kid who’d come home at 5am after sitting in a field, staring at the stars, to find a small army of police officers and volunteers looking for me. I’ve never quite been what might be termed “ordinary” in that respect.

    In short, I’m not afraid of wondering if there might just be a solution to the madness of life – Even if the more popular, ‘standard’ response is to grimace and shout obscenities. I don’t know whether that makes me seem like a “love don’t hate” hippy type, or an excessive adherent to the colder regions of logic. Perhaps both.

  • Sejanus

    That story should have read …after about 10 seconds of deliberation.
    What a dizzy bitch.
    May she never have penis ever again.

  • johnnyhenry

    I love when lying pieces of shit like her get the tables turned on them. I hope Karma continues to f*** her dumb ass up for a long time. By the way, is that an actual photo of the stupid ass bitch?

  • t0ofIy

    looks like one of them generic photos people get paid $20 to pose for and then have their images sold.

  • t0ofIy

    to produce the porn there has to be kids being victimized. that’s the problem.

  • johnnyhenry

    Yes it does. It would be very funny if it was her though. In a weirdly ironic stuck up high school cheerleader gone bad gets her comeuppance kind of way.

  • iwantapony

    I bet the abuse allegations against the ex-husband are total horsehit as well.

  • Ursula Pine

    why was my last comment here marked as spam? I had to edit it as my touchpad is too huge and erases/moves cursor etc. is it not considered Ok to go after someone else’s argument here? This is what I said:

    It is more than disturbing to see posts where people seem to want to
    minimize either the crime or the damage done, by attempting to draw all
    kinds of parallels that don’t in fact exist to try and further their
    agenda or by using examples that are non-relevant and innocuous like ‘oh
    well if a person just looked something up, they shouldn’t be executed
    for that’ – or ‘ well because some dude is into that, he shouldn’t get
    like all this time, man, that’s just extreme…blah blah’ Shifting the
    focus of the conversation away from the sheer yuck and wrong factor to
    legal issues and how much time they should get. Using the same old
    tired logical fallacies to sound like they are making sense, but they
    are really just making excuses and basically trying to be an apologist
    for this crap, a la Overton Window effect as well as the fake parallels
    and examples. Or worse, trying to garner sympathy, like on this link
    where this dude continues to just bury himself thinking people are
    actually going to believe his BS story yeah good luck with that http://sexoffenderissues.blogs

  • Tom Octopus

    To an extent, I agree. But how do we define victimization? It can be as narrow, or as broad a definition as you want.

    Let’s say a kid, at the beach, gets snapped in their underwear. Pervy as hell, yes. But 20-years in jail pervy? Again it depends on how wide you cast your net, and how angry you are…

    Responses to this type of activity, along with certain other crimes (I’ll nominate “terrorism” this time) tends to be where Justice meets The Twilight Zone. On occasion, the prosecution don’t need to even prove a case, they just have to use scare tactics and ominous oration.

    I do genuinely believe that by, effectively, sweeping it under the rug – Nobody’s any closer to a viable solution to the problem. And it is a problem, and will continue to be, if the only way anyone can seem to face up to it is by saying “and throw away the key!”.

    Not the most socially acceptable response, I understand. But I don’t play for applause.

  • jansav

    This is possibly the most fkd up thing that anyone could do to another person. what a frkn bitch. hope she enjoys prison.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com Morbid

    We don’t mark legitimate comments as spam — Disqus did that automatically, probably because their was a link in your comment.

  • JohnQknowitall

    Why are people do people attempt to frame and cover up crime with technologies they do not fully or -in this case- minimally understand? There are a ton of programs out there to change the meta data on image files (and others) – some are free or even by resetting the computer time, copying the originals and deleting them, verify the metadata, reset the computer’s time, clear caches, use a utility to wipe residual data from deleted files including the caches and histories with in browsers (provided the downloads were done in an anonymous mode). There are a few more steps verify and fully sanitize and then claim the files were found during a routine cleaning of the machine.

    All I can think is what a stupid, vengeful, hateful dickhead this asshole she was to do this sort of thing. How the fuck does love turn so hatefule that people go to any length to basically steal the rightful property of a former or soon to be former spouse?

  • cedric

    What a vile,evil Bitch.I’m glad she got what she had coming to her ass.I don’t care how much she hated her husband – some things you just don’t do.If I was an Arab I’d throw my shoes at this Bitch’s face … but since I’m not I guess this taco will have to do .. “CRUNCH” … DAMN … I was hungry … Next time Bitch – Next time ….

  • t0ofIy

    Kids in their underwear aren’t illegal in most cases. There is actually a big market just for that. Children in lingerie giving seductive/sexy looks. Totally fucked up and repulsive none the less but not illegal. I still think selling images of a child for sexual reasons is victimization.

    Now, we can argue “virtual child pornography.” It’s computer-generated but it looks pretty damn close to the real thing. It might not be so bad to let this kind of thing happen.. if we are to assume that people with sexual attraction to children would take their fantasies out on that instead of trying to kidnap or molest a kid. But anything that involves a real, living child.. that should be off limits.

  • Tom Octopus

    I agree with you, more or less (That pesky qualifier, once again!)

    Sexual exploitation is not the only way to victimize a child. Consider a prosecutor, opting to try a youngster as an adult. Will that cause no long-term harm? Yes it will, but that’s apparently OK.

    What about teachers who allow bullying to continue because “they need to learn to sort their own problems out”? Will that cause no long-term harm? Yes it will, but again we’re somehow cool with that.

    Society has a rather odd way of deciding what it will tolerate, and what it will not. But I mean, just as in any argument about the Death Penalty, for example (Similar in that, whereas one homicide is bad, another is fine…) there’s not going to be an agreement on it.

    I have no ill-feeling towards children whatsoever. But that doesn’t mean I can sit back silently and watch people get thrown in prison for insane periods of time over an offence which is, all things considered, rather petty. Particularly when the justifications seem to contain a disproportionate number of magical thinking and “What if…” statements.

  • velvetjoneslives

    Yep. To me the crime really wasn’t downloading child porn. It was almost immaterial to the case as I doubt she did it for carnal reasons(unless she is REALLY sick). It was the frame job by most hideous methods possible that warrants the extremely long prison sentence. What is scary is should could have claimed that he touched one of their children inappropriately and he would have had no defense.

  • velvetjoneslives

    Look up the case of the guy in California. He was charged with rape and spent several months in prison before police started piecing together the timeline and realized there was no plausible way the guy was guilty. But if it wasn’t for a paper trail and plenty of surveillance cameras the guy would have likely spent the rest of his life in prison. He was eventually freed and all charges drop. His ex-wife, the one that made the false charge, has yet to be charged with a crime.

  • Valerie

    It sucks. I would hope that at the least she is charged with filing a false report and perjury. It is bullshit that people like that walk free. It also makes it harder for true victims to come forward. I hope that karma at least gets those people.

  • NoBS

    And the wife’s false allegation can be used to get a REAL sick fuck just enough ammo to get out of a conviction, while raping his victim a second time in a crowded court. Remember, since this the guy who spent time in jail is now in a legal precedent.
    If the false rape wife gets charged and does enough time, this can be mentioned to the next vindictive wife the consequences.
    Not to mention that legal precedent thing thing.

  • Edward Hickey

    Looks good on her for being a real scumbag. I like that she getting a good amount of time but once again these laws are too harsh on people who viewed this garbage who didn’t make it. For the ones who make should never free again if its brutal. While I’m sure this case will make some women think twice about framing their ex, it can also show how easy and punishing it is to set a man up, just the next woman has to do is download the vile material as their partner in the other room and work on her anger acting. Sometimes women coach their kids to lie about be molested and when caught in a total lie not a thing happens to them in all most every case, while it can destroy a man’s life forever.