Jury: Woman Downloaded Child Porn to Frame Hubby

Meri Woods faces up to 9 years and $20K in fines

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 22, 2014 1:46 PM CDT

(Newser) – A Pennsylvania jury convicted a woman on Wednesday of downloading child pornography onto the family computer and trying to blame it on her husband, Raw Story reports. Prosecutors said Meri Woods of Clymer, Penn., downloaded more than 40 child-pornography images, then delivered the computer to state police and tried to frame her husband, Matthew. But Matthew was apparently out of the house when the images were downloaded, because she'd had him removed with a protection-from-abuse order, the AP reports.

Seems the big point of dispute was over download dates: A police forensics expert testified that Matthew was out of the house at the time, while a professor from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, said the computer time stamps weren't dependable, the Indiana Gazette reports. But a jury of six men and six women needed less than two hours to find Woods guilty. Now she faces up to nine years in prison and $20,000 in fines for sexual abuse of children, possessing child pornography, and lying to law enforcement. She might also have to become a registered sex offender in Pennsylvania for 15 years.

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