Canton Man indicted on child pornography charges
A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging Victor L. Phillis, age 50, of Canton, Ohio, with receiving and distributing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and possessing child pornography, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
The indictment charges from on or about August 31, 2012, through on or about September 17, 2012, Phillis knowingly received and distributed computer files, which files contained visual depictions of real minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Additionally, the indictment charges that on September 21, 2012, Phillis possessed two USB storage devices containing child pornography.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael A. Sullivan. The case was investigated by the Canton office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Canton Police Department.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.