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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Farmington Man Sentenced for Sex Trafficking and Child Pornography

Nakia Phillips, 39, of Farmington, Missouri, was sentenced today to 22 years in prison for sex trafficking crimes.  He appeared in federal court this morning before U.S. District Court Judge Ronnie White.

According to court documents, Phillips admitted he forced the girl into prostitution in St. Louis in 2016.  He also forced her to perform sex acts on him and filmed them with his cellphone.  Farmington police were called when the teen reported the rapes to the staff of a hospital.    

Phillips has prior convictions for statutory rape and sodomy in St. Louis County and a 2012 federal conviction for failing to register as a sex offender.  He violated his probation in both cases. 

Phillips pled guilty in September to three counts of possession of child pornography. 

“I commend the victim in this case, who appeared in Court today and showed incredible bravery and dignity as she offered an impact statement during the sentencing hearing.  It is impossible to understand what she was put through as a child, by this Defendant,” said U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen.    

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Farmington Police Department.  AUSA Colleen Lang handled the case for the United States Attorney’s Office.

Topic(s): 
Human Trafficking
Project Safe Childhood
Updated December 19, 2018