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Posted at 2:58 PM ET, 01/20/2011

10 years for man's Craigslist sex ads

By Maria Glod

A 52-year-old man who posted advertisements on Craigslist seeking sex with a minor was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Maryland.

Richard E. Woodward, of Brunswick, was convicted in federal court in Baltimore of using a computer to entice a minor to have sex.

Woodward posted the advertisements in the fall and winter of 2009, according to court documents. A Frederick County Police detective posing as a 14-year-old boy answered.

Woodward sent his correspondant sexually explicit e-mails and told the "boy" he would teach him to perform sex acts. When Woodward showed up for a planned Jan. 29, 2010, meeting with the "boy" at a Frederick park, he was arrested.

U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg sentenced Woodward to 10 years in prison followed by supervised release for life, officials said.

By Maria Glod  | January 20, 2011; 2:58 PM ET
Categories:  Frederick, From the Courthouse, Maria Glod, Sex Crimes  
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Not good. Stick with adults, people. Leave the kids alone. Or we'll be forced to castrate you with a rusty, blunt razor.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | January 20, 2011 5:37 PM | Report abuse

What is a correspondant? Something French?

Posted by: stfuah | January 20, 2011 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Even If you have an S TD, you are not alone.Find others with same STD at site named STDRomance//. you may be upset and think your sex life is over. However, once you settle down and learn the facts, you'll realize that having STD is not the end of the world, and it's not the end of your social life.

Posted by: herpesfinder | January 20, 2011 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Keeping safe on Geebo and other classifieds sites:

It is important that you know how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe when using online classified advertising sites. Here are a few reminders:

When selling, do not put your home address in your ad.
To avoid scams, buy and sell with people you can meet locally, in person.
When meeting with someone you don't know, meet in a public place. If that's not possible, have a buddy with you. Also, carry a cell phone; if you feel unsafe, you can call a trusted friend, and stay on the line.
Never give out financial or private information like account numbers, PayPal login, or social security number.
If an offer sounds too good to be true, it is. Walk away!

When choosing a classifieds site:

Use only sites where ads are reviewed before they go live on the site rather than relying a flagging or rating system that leaves users vulnerable in the mean time.
Use sites that do not carry adult ads. Not only do these present risks to our children, but they can harbor human trafficking activities that harm people and open the door to other criminal activity.
If you are unsure about the safety of a particular classifieds site, do your own quick research. Type the site's name into Google News or Yahoo! News. Are the results filled with news stories about crime? Then stay away. This is a case where no news is good news!

Posted by: greg58 | January 21, 2011 12:25 PM | Report abuse

besides what else is obviously wrong with this picture, and beyond being preverts, how can they be so stupid? I generally hear about this happening a half a dozen or so times a year, but who knows how many of these fools show up to meet a "minor?" Here's a tip for everyone. Hi, I'm a 23 year old woman who looks exactly like Eva Longoria. When you meet me at the hotel if I turn out to be a 64 year old fat man, perhaps you'll learn one of the apparent secrets of the universe. You can't see people on e-mail. Sheesh, give him an extra five years for being a moronatard.

Posted by: red2million | January 21, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Before I read the article, I thought this was about prostitution. I was going to go off about how it's ridiculous to put someone in jail for doing for money what two consenting adults can do for free without anyone batting an eye.

Then I saw the kid-toucher aspect, and ten years is ninety too few, frankly. Give him a choice between chemical castration and fifty years w/o parole.

Posted by: whorton1 | January 21, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, TaxiDriver, that was lovely. I agree. Then arrest him, toss him in jail, and tell his cellmate what he did...

Posted by: JustSaying1945 | January 21, 2011 2:14 PM | Report abuse

red2million - I would like to meet you at a hotel.

Posted by: JamesMeager1 | January 21, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Ten years sounds like a long time, but if he was what they say he was, then he was dangerous.

Since the ad ran for a while, did any actual children respond?

And when he showed up to meet a 14 year old, did they at least put a cop who looked like a kid in the park and wait for him to step out of the car?

It would benefit the public to know there was some danger other than an ad and some graphic e-mails -- like with the attorney who actually created pornography of and had sex with a 15 year old runaway.

Posted by: blasmaic | January 21, 2011 2:47 PM | Report abuse

He was a fool to begin with to even do something like that. I mean really. But regardless blasmaic of the way the sting went, the fact still remains that it would've been, if not this imaginary minor, a real one. Once thoughts like that enter a sick person's mind, they are not going to disappear. I think it's also sad that these clearly older gay men have not had fulfilling lives, and that there aren't groups and singles programs to help the aged minority possibly meet someone and not resort to this kind of low-life behavior.

Posted by: lulu202 | January 21, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

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