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Alabama - Former School Security Officer MICHAEL WAYNE WOOTEN (60) Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

Post  Gary Dee on Fri 9 Dec - 7:04



BIRMINGHAM – FBI agents today arrested a former Birmingham City Schools security officer and substitute bus driver for Shelby County Schools on child pornography charges, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge Patrick J. Maley.

A joint investigation by Birmingham Police and the FBI led to this morning’s arrest of MICHAEL WAYNE WOOTEN, 60, of Alabaster. Wooten was arrested in Bessemer. He is charged in a criminal complaint with receiving child pornography and with possessing a computer, computer disk, and other material containing child pornography.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert R. Armstrong Jr. detained Wooten following an initial court appearance this morning. Armstrong scheduled a detention hearing for Wooten at 1:30 p.m. Monday.

“Birmingham Police and the FBI worked diligently in this case to take someone who preys on children off the streets,” Vance said.

“This investigation uncovered sexually explicit photographs we believe were taken in a studio Wooten set up in a closed Birmingham school building,” Vance said. “Not all victims shown in the photographs have been identified, and the investigation continues. We ask that anyone who believes they may have any information related to this case please call the FBI, toll free, at 1-866-372-0209. The call will be returned,” Vance said.

According to an FBI affidavit supporting the arrest complaint, results of a forensic examination of Wooten’s computer were received by investigators in October and showed graphic pornographic images of at least five girls who appear to be under age 12. The pictures show the children involved in sexually explicit conduct, including images that depict Wooten engaging in actual or simulated sexual intercourse, according to the affidavit.

The pictures appear to have been taken in the office of Dupuy Elementary, a closed school building in the Birmingham City School System, according to the affidavit. Wooten worked as a security officer for Birmingham City Schools from July 1997 until May 2011. In that capacity, he did not have unsupervised access to students, according to Birmingham Schools spokeswoman Michaelle Chapman.

A Shelby County Schools official said Wooten qualified for a bus-driving license with the system this year after passing all pre-employment requirements, including a criminal background review. Wooten has substituted on 21 days since school started Aug. 11, the official said.

Wooten told investigators in April 2010 that he shared the office at Dupuy Elementary School with another security guard. Wooten said he set up a studio at the office to photograph children in order to build his art portfolio. A Birmingham Police officer and an FBI agent searched the office in April 2010 after law enforcement was alerted that Wooten had taken a 9-year-old girl to the empty school and photographed her in several outfits, including sexually explicit costumes, the affidavit states.

In the search, the officers found five plastic bins containing girls’ clothing, including dresses, bathing suits and thong underwear.

Only the 9-year-old girl has been identified and interviewed by law enforcement. Investigators hope to identify the other children in the photographs, and any other children who might be victims in the case.

Birmingham Police and the FBI investigated the case, with assistance from Birmingham City Schools’ security. Hoover and Alabaster police assisted in today’s arrest. The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel J. Fortune.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/aln/News/November%202011/November%204,%202011%20Former%20School%20Officer.html

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Former School Security Officer, Michael Wayne Wooten, 60, Pleads Guilty to One Count of Production of Child Pornography

Post  Gary Dee on Fri 6 Jul - 11:11

Former School Security Officer, Michael Wayne Wooten, 60, Pleads Guilty to One Count of Production of Child Pornography



BIRMINGHAM—A former security officer in the Birmingham City School System pleaded guilty today to one count of production of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Northern District of Alabama FBI Special Agent in Charge Patrick J. Maley and Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper.

Michael Wayne Wooten, 60, of Alabaster, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Inge P. Johnson. He is scheduled for sentencing May 2.

“Wooten’s crimes highlight the need for us to remain vigilant in protecting our children, the most vulnerable in our society, from sexual predators,” Vance said. “Parents, educators, and all members of our community should know that we are prepared to fully investigate allegations of these crimes. As U.S. Attorney, I encourage anyone with knowledge of crimes against children to report them so that we can protect the youngest members of our community.”

Wooten worked as a security officer for the city school system when, between August 2009 and April 2010, he used an office at Dupuy Elementary School to take modeling photos of numerous juvenile girls, according to court records. After one of these modeling sessions, one of the victims informed her parents of potentially inappropriate conduct by Wooten. A subsequent search of Wooten’s residence yielded multiple computers containing child pornography images, including images produced by Wooten depicting several victims between 4 and 9 years of age engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

For the child pornography offense, Wooten faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, as well as the possibility of lifetime supervised release. Wooten also faces a fine of $250,000.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Birmingham Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Fortune and Trial Attorney Jeffrey H. Zeeman of the Justice Department Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section.


http://www.fbi.gov/birmingham/press-releases/2012/former-school-security-officer-pleads-guilty-to-one-count-of-production-of-child-pornography



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Alabama school guard Michael Wayne Wooten pleads guilty in child porn case

A former school security officer pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography on Tuesday.

Michael Wayne Wooten, 60, was arrested in November on charges that between August 2009 and April 2010 he used a vacant Birmingham, Ala. elementary school office to take photographs of young girls.

A search of Wooten's home revealed multiple computers containing child pornography, including images shot by Wooten that showed victims between ages 4 and 9 engaged in sexually explicit behavior.

Wooten retired from the Birmingham Police Department in 1997, police Sgt. Johnny Williams, Jr. told the newspaper. He then worked as a security officer for Birmingham City Schools from July 1997 until May 2011.


http://www.gadailynews.com/news/crime/75639-alabama-school-guard-michael-wayne-wooten-pleads-guilty-in-child-porn-case.html

WEBSITE OF Michael Wayne Wooten: http://artofmichaelwooten.com/

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