FORMER COLUMBUS PHYSICIAN SENTENCED TO 27 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
THURSDAY APRIL 21, 2011
Public Affairs Officer
COLUMBUS – A former Columbus physician specializing in neonatology, Philip T. Nowicki, 58, was sentenced in United States District Court today to 27 months imprisonment for admitting that he used a computer at the Columbus hospital where he worked to subscribe to an illegal international child porn website.
Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Brian Moskowitz, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Ohio and Michigan announced the sentence handed down today by U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr.
Nowicki pleaded guilty on December 2, 2010 to one count of possession of child pornography. During that hearing, an HSI agent testified that agents investigating an illegal international child porn website identified Nowicki as a subscriber. The site gave him access to thousands of images and videos of child pornography. In June 2006, agents searched a computer in his office and found evidence of his subscription.
Agents executed a search warrant at his Canal Winchester home in October 2006 and seized a personal computer that a forensic analysis found contained approximately 120 images of child pornography in temporary internet files. Credit card records show that he paid $79.99 a month for three consecutive months in 2005 and 2006 to subscribe to the site.
Nowicki moved to Webster, Massachusetts where he currently lives. After his release from prison, Nowicki must serve a period of 10 years on supervised release, a form of probation.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.
Stewart commended the ICE agents who investigated the case, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Deborah A. Solove, who is prosecuting the case.
This investigation is part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders, and child sex traffickers. Since Operation Predator was launched in July 2003, ICE agents have arrested more than 12,000 individuals.
ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com http://www.cybertipline.com.