Police Briefs 9/16/21

Clay County Sheriff's Office
Posted 9/15/21

Orange Park man gets 15 years for selling child porn onlineJACKSONVILLE – U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard has sentenced Antony Eugene Woody, 33, of Orange Park, to 15 years in federal …

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Police Briefs 9/16/21

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Orange Park man gets 15 years for selling child porn online
JACKSONVILLE – U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard has sentenced Antony Eugene Woody, 33, of Orange Park, to 15 years in federal prison for advertising images depicting the sexual abuse and torture of children for sale using the internet. Woody was also ordered to serve a six-year term of supervised release, to register as a sex offender and to pay a fine of $995. Woody has been in custody since his arrest on March 22, 2019.
Woody had pleaded guilty on May 14, 2021.
According to court documents, in February 2019, the FBI discovered that an online user named “imsoofreakyy” was using a particular social media application to offer child sex abuse images for sale on the internet. Meanwhile, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office received a Cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that the same user (“imsoofreakyy”) was using a particular email address to advertise images of children being sexually assaulted. CCSO detectives were able to identify this individual as Antony Eugene Woody who resided in Orange Park.
On March 22, 2019, CCSO officers and FBI agents executed a search warrant at Woody’s residence and later made contact with Woody at a local supermarket. During an interview, Woody admitted that he downloaded child sex abuse images from the internet, labeled these images with titles, prices, and his online contact information, and then re-posted them for sale using a social media app. Woody also admitted that online customers responded to his advertisements, that he received money for these sales using the Venmo app, and that he had defrauded some of these customers by taking their money but refusing to send them the contraband images that they had purchased. Woody received at least $995 in profits from these sales.
A search of Woody’s cellphone revealed 33 videos and 40 images depicting the sexual abuse of young children. Two of these images bore advertising language that was created and placed on them by Woody.
The case was investigated by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, the Westbrook, Maine, Police Department, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Boston and Jacksonville, with assistance from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. It was prosecuted by Asst. U.S. Attorney D. Rodney Brown.
This is another case brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.  Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

Fleming Island teen arrested
for hosting ruckus house party

FLEMING ISLAND – An 18-year-old man was arrested after Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies broke up a party on Brighton Bluff Court and found underaged children drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana.

Warren Robert Chase, of Fleming Island, was charged on Sept. 11 with allowing minors to consume alcohol and drugs in an open house party and resisting arrest. CCSO was called to the house for a noise complaint where between 25 and 30 were at a party. They asked Chase to break up the gathering and told the revelers to go home. According to the arrest report, deputies were called back after the party continued. They found open containers of alcohol and “burnt marijuana joints” on a coffee table. They also observed a 19-year-old man passed out in a neighbor’s yard.
When deputies tried to talk to Chase, he attempted to run, but he was quickly captured.
Chase was released from the Clay County Jail after posting a $1,502 bond.

CCSO looking for armed man who robbed Waffle House
ORANGE PARK – The Clay County Sheriff’s Office needs help identifying and catching a man wanted for the Sept. 9 armed robbery of the Waffle House at 704 Blanding Blvd.
According to the agency, the subject is wanted for an armed robbery at approximately 2:20 a.m. The subject entered the rear door of the restaurant and pointed a silver revolver handgun at two employees, and he demanded they open the register, where he then took an unknown amount of cash. The subject was a black male wearing a red hoodie under what appears to be several layers of clothing, black pants and black shoes. There also seems to be a distinct logo on the sleeve of the outermost garment. The subject then fled the area on foot heading south on Blanding.
Do not approach the subject as he’s considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information on who this subject is, please get in touch with Det. Daniel Tenbusch at (904) 213-6762 or on (office) or 904-465-0360 (cell).

Man busted for DUI, running into car at Whitey’s Fish Camp
FLEMING ISLAND – A man was arrested driving under the influence with property damage, resisting law enforcement and leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage after several people alerted Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies about a man driving erratically on State Road 220 on Sept. 10.
Deputies spotted Michale John Dunn, 43, of Orange Park, pulling into Whitey’s Fish Camp. According to the arrest report, a customer flagged down a deputy after Dunn ran into his car in the parking lot. When they approached Dunn, he said he had been drinking at another place and his speech “was extremely slurred.” He was arrested after failing a field sobriety test.
His blood alcohol level was measured at .162 and .161 – more than twice the legal limit – from two separate tests at the Clay County Jail.

Child predator jailed for not wearing electronic tracking device

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A man was arrested in California and returned to Clay County for violating conditions of his probation for lewd and lascivious behavior against a child. Steve Lloyd Thacker, 55, was caught in Santa Rosa and now is being held without bond after he was tracked down for now wearing his court-ordered electronic tracking device. CCSO said Thacker left the device in his car on Aug. 18. Thacker was convicted of seven counts of sexually abusing a child younger than 12, sexual battery and sexual assault in 2007. He was sentenced to 15 years in jail, followed by 10 years on probation. He was released from prison on July 13, 2019.

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