Former Grapevine officer pleads guilty to child porn charges

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FORT WORTH -- A former Grapevine police officer pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to one count of production and one count of possession of child pornography, authorities said.

Philip Woolery, 46, faces 15 to 40 years in federal prison, a $500,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release. Sentencing is set for Sept. 17 in U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means' court.

A single father of a 12-year-old boy, Woolery was a 17-year veteran of the Grapevine Police Department at the time of his arrest. He was fired Nov. 11, according to the department, which had no further comment.

Child Protective Services took custody of Woolery's son and placed him with relatives, said Marissa Gonzales, a CPS spokeswoman. She said "he's doing well at this time."

Woolery has been in custody since being arrested by investigators with the Postal Inspection Service in October at his home in Crowley.

Woolery admitted that he had used his digital camera to record a boy engaging in sexually explicit conduct in a swimming pool, according to a news release issued by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldana of the Northern District of Texas.

Woolery also admitted that his laptop computer contained a sexually explicit image of a boy and that he used that computer to search for child porn websites.

The investigation began in October 2010 when inspectors received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a company was selling child porn videos over the Internet. The company's records, including a database of customer orders, were seized. Woolery's home and email addresses were connected to a Jan. 1, 2010, order.

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.

Lee Williams, 817-390-7840

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