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Arcadia man found guilty of child porn charges

An Arcadia man pleaded no contest and was found guilty Monday of six counts of child pornography, each a second-degree felony.

Dustin B. Woodward, 32, is accused of photographing a 6-year-old girl in a sexually-explicit manner.

Woodward was originally indicted on 12 counts of sexual imposition, each a third-degree felony, and 12 counts of pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor (child pornography), each a second-degree felony, for a total of 24 counts.

He pleaded no contest to six of the pandering charges, with a stipulation in the plea agreement that there was enough evidence for Hancock County Common Pleas Judge Reginald Routson, who heard the case, to find him guilty.

The six counts to which he pleaded no contest involved three separate incidents where photos were taken each time, prosecutors said. The incidents occurred between April 1, 2017, and May 31, 2017, according to the indictment.

A plea of no contest means Woodward admitted to the facts of the case but did not admit his own guilt.

Woodward faces a maximum of 48 years in prison and a Tier II sex offender designation, the middle of three sex offender levels.

The girls father, who was not named, spoke at the court hearing Monday, asking the judge to impose the maximum prison sentence that Woodward could serve.

He was supposed to be someone I could trust around my children, the girls father said.

A sentencing date has not yet been set.

Woodward has been held in the Hancock County jail since Aug. 23, 2017.


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