A 52-year-old Camdenton man who molested a 10-year-old pleaded guilty in federal court on Thursday to receiving child pornography over the internet, according to a press release from Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

A 52-year-old Camdenton man who molested a 10-year-old pleaded guilty in federal court on Thursday to receiving child pornography over the internet, according to a press release from Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

Duffy Dean Woodman pleaded guilty to the charge contained in an April 21, 2017 federal indictment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Willie J. Epps on October 12, 2017. 

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Woodman will be sentenced to 15 years in federal prison without parole followed by 10-year term of supervised release. 

The investigation began in October 2015 when the Laclede County Sheriff's Department received a report that a 10-year-old child had been molested by Woodman at a residence in Laclede County and at Woodman's residence in Camden County, according to the release. 

"Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Woodman’s residence on Nov. 9, 2015, and seized two laptop computers, two tablets, three cell phones and a 700MB CD-RW. One of the tablets contained 350 images of child pornography. The investigator also found 54 child erotica images and 12 bestiality images in unallocated space," the release stated.

"An examination of one of the laptop computers revealed numerous search terms consistent with child pornography activity. Numerous images of child erotica and cartoon images depicting children engaged in sexual activity were found on the laptop." 

On Jan. 29, 2016, the Camden County Sheriff's Office issued a statement seeking the public's assistance in locating Woodman, who was considered a fugitive from justice. The next day, according to the release, Woodman turned himself into the Repulic Police Department. 

State charges were lated dismissed in lieu of federal prosecution. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a pre-sentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ashley S. Turner. It was investigated by the FBI, the Camden County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Laclede County Sheriff’s Department and the Missouri State Technical Assistance Team.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.

For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc . For more information about Internet safety education, please visitwww.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

CLARIFICATION: The initial press release from the Department of Justice did not initially state what charge was plead guilty to. An amended press release clarified Woodman pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography. The amended release as stated: 

"Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Camdenton, Mo., man who molested a 10-year-old child pleaded guilty in federal court today to receiving child pornography over the Internet."