WORCESTER – On Monday, James M. Stoddard, 38, of Worcester, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography in federal court in Worcester.
Stoddard will be sentenced Jan. 3, 2018. He was arrested and charged in June 2018.
Court documents also indicate that Stoddard is a Level 1 sex offender and failed to register his current address with the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board as he is required to do given a prior conviction for a child pornography offense.
In Feb. 2018, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a tip that child pornography was uploaded from an IP address associated with Stoddard. Authorities executed a state search warrant at Stoddard’s home in Worcester. They found numerous videos and images of child pornography, including videos of girls as young as nine-years-old engaged in sex acts with adult men. Investigators also found a homemade child-like sex doll and several pairs of female, child-sized undergarments.
Stoddard was not home when the search was conducted, but contacted his first-floor tenant for a law enforcement phone number that he could contact. Stoddard then called an officer and informed him that he was in Natick, suicidal, and had climbed a tree. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to Stoddard’s location and, after lengthy negotiations, Stoddard climbed down from the tree. He was subsequently arrested, charged in state court, and has been in state custody since.
Due to a prior conviction, Stoddard faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and up to 20 years in prison, a minimum of five years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.