Rockford Scanner™: Local Police Officer Charged With Sexual Assault To A Minor




UPDATE 8/22/2018:

U.S. Department of Justice announced this afternoon that Larry Woods, of Beloit, is being charged in federal court with two counts of transporting a minor across state lines with the intent that the minor engage in sexual activity.

Larry Woods, 62, Beloit, Wisconsin, is charged with two counts of transporting a minor across state lines with the intent that the minor engage in sexual activity.  The indictment alleges that he transported a minor from Wisconsin to Illinois on May 4 and 10, 2018.

Woods made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Madison today.   His trial has been scheduled for February 4, 2019.

If convicted, Woods faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life in federal prison.  The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Beloit Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation.   The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Pfluger.

 


NEWS RELEASE:

The City of Beloit Police Department announces the arrest of Larry Woods, 62, of Beloit, for the sexual assault of a child. Woods was taken into custody on Saturday, June 9, as part of the investigation.

Information on the sexual assault was brought forward by the child’s mother on Saturday. Detectives and officers immediately gathered information in order to make a swift arrest in this case. This is an active, ongoing investigation.

Woods retired as a patrol officer from the City of Beloit Police Department in 2007.

He has most recently been working as a security guard with the School District of Beloit and the Beloit Public Library. He has been placed on administrative leave from the Beloit Public Library.

“The allegations against a former officer are abhorrent and tarnish the badge that so many men and women are proud to wear,” said Police Chief David B. Zibolski. “Woods’ actions with this child betray the community that he swore to protect. We appreciate the community’s support as we further investigate Woods’ actions.”

If you have additional information regarding Woods, please contact the City of Beloit Police Department at (608) 757-2244.