New technology which has become available to local law enforcement has resulted in the arrest of a 37-year-old Perkinston man accused of using the internet to access child pornography.
William J. Woodward, of 395 Pasture Road, has been charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a child.
The charge carries a maximum penalty of a $300,000 and 30 years in the state penitentiary.
The arrest came after the Stone County Sheriff Department and the Wiggins Police Department became members of the Gulf Coast Cyber Task Force.
Capt. Jay Green and Lt. Chris Ory spent several months in training to become computer forensic analysts.
"After we became a member of this task force we gained access to technology which allowed us to determine someone was accessing child pornography at that particular address," Green said. "A subsequent search warrant gave us access to the residence and allowed us to determine it was William Woodward.
Sheriff Mike Farmer said his department would take advantage of any technology which became available to assist it in fighting crime in Stone County.
"Anything we can do to protect the citizens of this county, we're going to do," he said. "In this day and age, there's a lot going on with the digital world and it's a new frontier where we have to stay as savvy as the criminals who would use it for the purpose of committing crimes."
Green said the lone charge would not be the last in this case.
"I assure you there will be more than one count once we get done imaging his media and identifying everything on his computer," he said.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Woodward was still lodged at the Stone County Regional Correctional Facility with a $150,000 bond.