Former Grapevine officer gets 15 years on child porn charges

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A 17-year veteran of the Grapevine Police Department was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Tuesday for producing and possessing child pornography.

Philip Woolery, 47, a single father with a 13-year-old boy, also was fined $5,000.

Child Protective Services took custody of Woolery’s son shortly after his arrest in October, and the teen is living with a relative.

U.S. District Judge Terry Means sentenced Woolery Tuesday morning in a Fort Worth federal courtroom. The ex-officer pleaded guilty in March to one count of production and one count of possession of child pornography.

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 minor male engaging in sexually explicit conduct in a swimming pool, according to a news released issued by United States Attorney Sarah R. Saldana with the Northern District of Texas.

Woolery also admitted that he possessed a laptop computer that contained a sexually explicit image of a nude minor male 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 offering child pornography videos for sale over the Internet. The company’s records, which included a customer database of orders, were seized. Woolery’s home address in Crowley and e-mail were connected to a Jan.1, 2010, purchase order.

Woolery was fired by Grapevine on Nov. 11.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763 Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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