A man accused of an attempted kidnapping in a Woodland shopping center parking lot in November 2012 has pleaded guilty in federal court to distribution of child pornography.
Kyle Michael Hall, 24, entered the plea Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Sacramento, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.
Hall, who Woodland police described as a transient, was taken into custody Nov. 28, 2012, after a 31-year-old Woodland woman reported Nov. 25 that he tried to kidnap her in the Westgate shopping center at 367 Main St. She told police that she was walking between parked vehicles when a man seated in a pickup truck opened his door, blocking her way. She said he dragged her by the hair and pulled her toward the truck.
The woman yelled for help and as a bystander approached, the man released her. She was not injured.
Hall was arrested three days later.
According to the plea agreement filed in the federal case, Hall was living out of his truck in the Woodland area, and upon his arrest, he turned his personal property over to a friend.
The next day, Hall’s friend took Hall’s computer to the Woodland police station. The friend told police that he had been looking through it and found some “disgusting” things. On the computer were approximately 108 images and 115 videos of child pornography, according to federal authorities. In addition, forensic analysts with the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office found multiple instant messages on the computer, in which Hall discussed child pornography and traded images and videos.
Hall is to be sentenced May 20 by U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton.
The case resulted from an investigation by the Woodland Police Department and Yolo County District Attorney’s Office. The prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Initiative, which was launched to increase federal prosecutions of sexual predators and to reduce the number of Internet crimes against children, including child pornography trafficking.
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