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West Virginia Man Sentenced to 13 Years for Receiving Child Pornography

September 5, 2012

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Philip C. Caton, 24, of Martinsburg, WV., was sentenced yesterday to 13 years in prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release, for five counts of receipt of child pornography. 

            Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Robert G. Doumar.

            Caton pleaded guilty on May 1, 2012.  According to court documents, Caton, while living with a family who had three female children, filmed the youngest daughter going to the bathroom and taking showers repeatedly.  The child found the camera in the hamper and gave it to her mother.  When confronted by the mother, Caton made an excuse as to why his camera was in the bathroom hamper. Caton was subsequently asked to leave the home.  The mother was suspicious of Caton’s activities and asked a friend to have someone look over the media items the defendant left at her home. A member of the William and Mary Police Department found child pornography on the items and alerted the Virginia State Police, who partnered with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Search warrants were executed and thousands of images of child pornography were found on Caton’s computer.  Furthermore, the videos taken of the child were found on numerous devices.

            This case was investigated by the Virginia State Police and ICE-HSI.  Assistant United States Attorney Lisa R. McKeel prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at or on


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