BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - A Bay St. Louis man was sentenced to 15 years in custody for possession of child pornography.
Bruce Kevin Woods, 51, was found with methamphetamine and child pornography in his Bayside Park home by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and Waveland Police Department during a joint investigation.
“They located the defendant with methamphetamine and electronically-stored sexually explicit images of children. 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 these images, the defendant possessed costumes and toys associated with his sexual interests,” said Assistant District Attorney Chris Daniel, who prosecuted the case.
After receiving the guilty plea, Judge Lawrence Bourgeois sentenced Woods to 35 years and suspected 20 years, 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 previously pleaded guilty to the charges on April 15, 2019, in Bay St. Louis and sentencing was delayed until this week.
During the Woods’s plea and sentencing hearings, he said “(I) know I was wrong. I will need help, if I ever get out. I have a lot of problems.”
Because of the sexual nature of the crime, 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.