Counselor gets 17 years for coercing teen girls online

PORT HURON (AP) — A man who worked at a Port Huron counseling center for decades was sentenced to 17 years in prison for using internet chat rooms to sexually exploit girls while posing as a teenager.

Jackie Woodburn, 65, of Burtchville was charged with seven crimes before pleading guilty to producing child pornography. The government said he coerced girls into certain acts on camera.

“The nature and circumstances of the offense are shocking. … Woodburn wrote sexually graphic content to these children, attempting to break down barriers between the normal and the taboo,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Mulcahy said in court filings.