Tuesday, January 23, 2001

Sex charges go back a decade

Woman, now 18, ready to talk about child rape and abuse

By Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Charges stemming from a decade of photographs that chronicle the sexual exploitation of a child could send a Green Township man to prison for life.

        A Hamilton County grand jury Monday indicted Brian Woods, 30, of Robroy Drive on 18 counts, including allegations he repeatedly raped the child when she was younger than 13 and photographed her nude as early as age 7.

        The woman is now 18, Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen said Monday.

        Mr. Woods also was indicted on charges connected to a Jan. 9 burglary and armed attack on the same Cincinnati woman at her apartment. If convicted, Mr. Woods faces the possibility of a mandatory life term.

        “Our goal is to put him away for a long time,” Mr. Allen said. “In this case, she kept this horrible experience to herself. But when police found her, she gave them a full statement with details.

        “We expect her to be a good witness against this guy.”

        Mr. Woods was arrested Jan. 9 when a Hamilton County sheriff's deputy shot him after he allegedly pulled a gun on the officer. Sheriff's deputies were looking for Mr. Woods following a report he had threatened a woman at gunpoint.

        Mr. Woods' vehicle was impounded after his arrest. During an inventory search, more than 100 photos of the nude victim chronicling her sexual exploitation for about 10 yearswere discovered in the car, Mr. Allen said.

        The prosecutor said he was unsure how Mr. Woods met his alleged victim. They are not related.

        Mr. Allen said he is also unsure why Mr. Woods kept the photographs in his car.

        “For our sake, thank God that he did or we may never have known about it,” he said.

        Before authorities found the photographs, the woman had never filed a complaint against Mr. Woods, Mr. Allen said.

        “She's finally unburdening herself,” he said.

        To date, investigators have found no evidence that any of the photos have been for sale or are on the Internet, though it is something officials are pursuing.

        Concerning the Jan. 9 incident — in which Mr. Woods was shot by a sheriff's deputy — the grand jury indicted Mr. Woods on aggravated burglary, kidnapping with violent sexual predator specifications and felonious assault charges. He could face heightened charges because he allegedly used a gun.

        Charges stemming from the earlier incidents include: seven counts of rape, with force, against a victim younger than 13, with violent sexual predator specifications. Each of the seven counts is punishable by mandatory life in prison. Mr. Woods also was indicted on another seven counts of felony illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance beginning when the woman was 7.


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