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Macomb Man Convicted on Child Porn Charges Could Face Up to 60 Years in Prison

Thomas William Wooten, 33 of Macomb Township, was convicted by a federal jury Friday of producing and distributing child pornography.

A 33-year-old Macomb Township man was convicted by a federal jury in Detroit Friday of producing and distributing child pornography, some of which included images of a victim as young as 3 years old. 

Thomas William Wooten was found guilty following a five-day trial before U.S. District Judge Marianne O. Battani, according to a FBI press release. 

During the trial, federal prosecutors showed that Wooten both produced and distributed pornographic images of a 3-year-old girl via the Internet. One of these images include a video of the girl engaging in a sexual act with Wooten, the FBI reports.

Wooten was also shown to have downloaded and collected hundreds of pornographic images and videos, some of which were obtained by trading the images he himself created, according to the FBI report.

“Regrettably, the Internet provides child predators with a ready market for child pornography, but it also helps us to rescue children who are being sexually abused,” said U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade, in a statement.

Wooten is scheduled to be sentenced on March 19, 2013. He faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 30 years in prison for two counts of production of child pornography; 20 years in prison for counts of distribution and receipt; and 10 years in prison for possession, according to the FBI release. 

"These despicable crimes victimize and exploit innocent children. The FBI is committed to the arrest and prosecution of criminals who engage in such deplorable, heinous behavior," said Robert D. Foley, III, Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit Field Office of the FBI, in a prepared statement.

The case was investigated by FBI special agents and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Hala Jarbou.

FBI agents and Macomb County sheriff's deputies initially arrested Wooten on Nov. 2, 2011 at his home in Macomb Township, according to court records.

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