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Ex-Michigan pastor enters plea deal in child porn case

September 13, 2019

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — A former Michigan pastor who authorities say coerced underage girls to engage in sex acts online has pleaded guilty to producing child pornography.

The Times Herald of Port Huron reports 64-year-old Jack Woodburn entered the plea deal with prosecutors this week in U.S. District Court. He faces 15-30 years in prison when sentenced Jan. 8.

Defense lawyer Gerry Mason says Woodburn has been cooperative.

Woodburn is a licensed counselor. He was an associate pastor in Port Huron before retiring in 2018.

Charges were brought after investigators interviewed at 13-year-old girl from Texas, who recalled talking to someone online claiming to be 15. She told investigators the individual asked for sexually explicit photos.

Authorities traced the purported 15-year-old’s IP address, which identifies a computer’s location, back to Woodburn’s Burtchville Township home.


Information from: Times Herald, http://www.thetimesherald.com

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