Brevard County Man Charged with Producing Child Pornography
Orlando, FL - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces the filing of a criminal complaint charging Phillip Beyel (27, Cocoa) with producing sexually explicit images of minors and child pornography. If convicted, Beyel faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, up to 30 years in federal prison.
According to court documents, Beyel allegedly had sexual intercourse with a child for a period of several months, while that child was twelve and thirteen years old. During that time, Beyel used an iPhone to take video of himself engaging in those sexual acts with the minor victim.
A criminal complaint is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI). It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Carlos A. Perez-Irizarry.
It was 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 (CEOS), 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.projectsafechildhood.gov. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov and click on the tab “other resources.”