|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||CONTACT: DAVILYN WALSTON|
|THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2010||PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER|
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LUFKIN MAN INDICTED BY FEDERAL GRAND JURY FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
BEAUMONT, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced that a federal grand jury has indicted a 59-year-old Lufkin man for possessing child pornography in the Eastern District of Texas.
PHILLIP CHARLES TAYLOR has been indicted and charged with receipt of materials involving child pornography and possession of child pornography. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison.
This case is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by 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 better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
This case is being investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and the Lufkin Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.
It is important to note that an indictment should not be considered as evidence of guilt and that all persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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