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West Point Army Officer Receives 37 Years for Raping InfantSalem-News.com
Disbarred US Army Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Forcible Sodomy with Infant - Sentenced to 37 Years in Prison.
(ARLINGTON, Va.) - A US Army lawyer and 1997 West Point graduate has pleaded guilty in Virginia court to forcible sodomy with an infant. Daniel A. Woolverton, 35, of Arlington, VA, and originally Lakeland, FL, had a second charge of raping the infant dropped in court.
His prison sentence of 37 years will be served concurrently with federal charges earlier this year where he also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 27 years for sexually assaulting a several month-old infant boy which he videotaped.
Woolverton, who both made and distributed child pornography, was observed by an undercover FBI agent of using peer-to-peer file sharing software in May and July of 2009. Using an alias screen name, Woolverton subsequently shared child pornography images and videos with the agent. The user profile was linked to a computer at Woolverton’s home address.
An FBI executed search warrant allowed agents to seize a camera, computers, and several memory storage devices which contained more than 30,000 images of child pornography and more than 1,000 videos.
Woolverton was also married to another US Army lawyer and had two small children. His spouse, Major Deborah Woolverton, purportedly disavows all knowledge of these events or her husband’s trove of pornography which was mostly victimized infants and toddlers. One memory card contained 16 images and three videos of an adult male engaging in sexually explicit conduct with an infant who appeared to be two to three months old.
A wristwatch on the adult male and items in the photo linked Woolverton as the adult in the photo. Records indicate that Woolverton’s assignment as a lawyer for the US Army was prosecutor/trial attorney for the US Army Legal Services in Virginia.
According to court documents, the US Army’s top lawyer, Lieutenant General Dana Chipman allegedly placed Woolverton on the fast-track promotion list to Lieutenant Colonel shortly before he was arrested in October 2009 as Chipman was potentially grooming him for General Officer.
The US Army Legal System has been criticized for other ills such as its known insular policy of appointing lawyers to investigate their personal friends when accused of wrongdoing by non-lawyers.
Moreover, the US Army is the only uniformed service or federal agency which does not require its lawyers to maintain law licenses with any state.
Army Lawyer Captain Matthew Fitzgerald was initially investigated by his former lawyer supervisor when accused of wrongful threatening behavior and violating the Army legal system’s own regulations.
After it was later determined that Fitzgerald lied multiple times as the matter was elevated to his Oregon State Bar and subsequently became public, the issue was totally ignored by Chipman’s office. While the US Army lawyers relentlessly prosecute soldiers on a regular basis for lying to investigating officers and making false statements, Captain Fitzgerald has since been promoted to Major.(Editor's note: We wrestled with the title of this story; and we are in no way unaware of how offensive it is. Our conclusion is that it is as bad as it sounds and there is no need to mitigate or augment the sound of such a heinous act.)
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