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West Point Army Officer Receives 37 Years in PrisonSalem-News.com
Disbarred US Army Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Forcible Sodomy with Infant
(ARLINGTON, Va.) - A US Army lawyer and 1997 West Point graduate has pleaded guilty in Virginia court to forcible sodomy with an infant. A second charge of raping the infant was dropped.
35-year old Daniel A. Woolverton, of Arlington, VA, and originally Lakeland, FL, will serve 37 years in prison, served concurrently with federal charges earlier this year where he also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 27 years for another crime- 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 married to a US Army lawyer and has children. His spouse purportedly disavows all knowledge of these events or her husband’s crimes.
He had a trove of pornography which was mostly victimized infants and toddlers. One memory card contained 16 images and three videos of an adult male abusing 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.
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