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Angleton Resident Handed Sentence for Multiple Child Pornography Charges

Dec. 17, 2012

GALVESTON, Texas - Phillip Edward Baker, 50, has been sentenced to federal prison following his convictions for receipt and possession of child pornography as well as accessing a website with intent to view child pornography, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Baker was convicted by U.S. District Judge Gregg Costa following a one-day bench trial Sept. 20, 2012. 

Today, Judge Costa handed Baker 135 and 120 months for the receipt and possession convictions, respectively, in addition to 120 months for the accessing a website charge. The sentences will run concurrently for a total sentence of 135 months. In handing down the sentence, Judge Costa commented that this is a reprehensible crime and not victimless. Baker will serve the rest of his life on supervised release following completion of his prison term. Baker will also be ordered to register as a sex offender.

The investigation began when a German police officer conducted a search for child pornography on the Internet. His search revealed  an IP address identified as belonging to Baker in Angleton, Texas. The information was forwarded to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Galveston, Texas.
 
According to evidence and testimony at trial, federal agents secured a search warrant, which was executed on Feb. 23, 2010. A search of the house resulted in the seizure of two computers, nine CDs, magazines and photo printouts. The next day, Baker was interviewed and admitted he viewed and received child pornography online. Baker also told federal agents that he started looking at child pornography approximately 6-7 years ago.

The forensic analysis of the evidence collected from the federal search warrant revealed that Baker had a Peer-to-Peer file-sharing account that he used to search for and download images and videos containing child pornography. Baker’s computers and CDs had 6590 images that contained child pornography. The images revealed instances of pre-pubescent minors, adults present with minors, sadism, masochism or bondage, penetration of pre-pubescent minors and lascivious displays of a minors’ genitalia. The analysis also revealed a substantial video collection of 31 videos amounting to seven hours and 34 minutes of video.

Baker has been on bond since the return of the guilty verdict where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

This case, investigated by HSI with the assistance of the Angleton Police Department as part of Operation Predator, 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, 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.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

The case was being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert Stabe and Sherri Zack.

 

 

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