A 51-year-old Hancock County man must serve 15 years in prison on charges of possession of child pornography and methamphetamine, officials said.
Bruce Kevin Woods of Bay St. Louis, was sentenced last week to possession of methamphetamine and two counts of Exploitation of a Child associated with his possession of child pornography, District Attorney Joel Smith said in a press release Saturday.
"After receiving the guilty plea, Judge Lawrence Bourgeois sentenced Woods to 35 years and suspended 20 years," Smith said, "leaving 15 years to serve in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, with 10 years of post-release supervision after his release from prison." Woods pled guilty to the charges on April 15, in Bay St. Louis, but sentencing was delayed until last week, Smith said.
Woods was arrested on Oct. 16, 2017, after the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and Waveland Police Department initiated a joint investigation through the execution of a search warrant on his Woods' residence in Bayside Park.
“They located the defendant with methamphetamine and electronically stored sexually explicit images of children," Assisting District Attorney Chris Daniel, who prosecuted the case, said in the release. "Forensic analysis of computers and storage devices confirmed that Woods possessed over 4,000 images and videos of confirmed child pornography involving young children. In addition to the images, the defendant possessed costumes and toys associated with his sexual interests."
"During the defendant’s plea and sentencing hearings he stated,'[I] know I was wrong,'" Smith said. "'I will need help, if I ever get out. I have a lot of problems.'”
Because of the sexual nature of the crime, Smith said, the prison sentence must be served without the possibility of parole or early release.
Woods will also be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.
“We must never forget that demand created by possessors of child pornography leads to kidnappings, sexual assaults and the repeated victimization of children around the world," Smith said. "This case demonstrates the enduring commitment of local law enforcement to protect the children in our community.”