Columbus man sentenced for receiving child porn

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A Columbus man has entered a plea deal for child pornography.

53-year-old William Tooley was imposed a sentence of 30 years. Tooley will also be required to serve 25 years of supervised release under strict sexual offender supervision in the unlikely event he should ever be released from prison.

According to the facts presented in court, in March of 2016, the mother of an 11 year old boy located in in another state discovered that her son had been texting and sending nude photos of himself to an individual she suspected of impersonating a teen boy. The victim revealed that he had been texting with someone he knew as “Mason”, who said he lived in Georgia, and was either 15 or 17 years old (at different times, he represented both). During these text conversations, “Mason” asked the victim to send sexually explicit photos of himself over the internet.

Due to the interstate nature of the case, the matter was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). “Mason” turned out to be 53-year-old registered sex offender and Columbus, GA, resident, William Tooley. Mr. Tooley admitted that he received sexually explicit photos from the juvenile victim via text message. Public records revealed that Mr. Tooley had two separate convictions in the state of Michigan for 4th degree criminal sexual conduct involving a minor and another for accosting a child for immoral purposes.

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