NBC 10 I-Team: Attleboro cop could face 35 years on child porn charges

Richard "Woody" Woodhead has been arrested on child porn-related charges. (Sun Chronicle)

Attleboro Police Sgt. Richard "Woody" Woodhead faces up to 35 mandatory years in prison on federal criminal charges. Woodhead is being charged with enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity, possession of child pornography and receiving child porn, Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra Hebert said in U.S. District Court in Providence on Thursday.

The NBC 10 I-Team first broke the story that an Attleboro police officer was arrested Thursday morning at his house on charges related to child pornography. Federal and state investigators seized child pornography hidden in a closet in Woodhead's Attleboro home. Investigators obtained recorded calls and testimony from undercover officers, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Hebert also told the court that a canister of "Jungle Juice" was found in Woodhead's home and that he may have a substance abuse problem. Woodhead's attorney Kevin Fitzgerald said having acetone does not mean his client has a substance abuse issue. He also said his client has lived in his Attleboro home for 19 years and has been married for 22 years arguing that he is not a flight risk or danger to the community.


Woodhead appeared before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Patricia Sullivan. After a long, private sidebar with attorneys on both sides, Sullivan ordered a mental health evaluation for Woodhead. He is being detained pending a bail hearing next week.

The officer's name was not immediately released by authorities. Multiple sources, however, confirmed to the NBC 10 I-Team that the officer who was arrested was in fact Richard "Woody" Woodhead of Attleboro. Woodhead, who has been on the force for 32 years, was set to retire from the job at the end of this year, sources tell the NBC 10 I-Team.


A representative for the U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island told the NBC 10 I-Team that federal law enforcement and the Rhode Island State Police were at a location in Attleboro due to a federal court-authorized enforcement action.

Attleboro Police Union President Jeff Peavey told NBC 10 News that he had no knowledge of the arrest and charges and declined to comment.




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