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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Billerica Man Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison for Sexual Exploitation of Two Young Boys

BOSTON – A Billerica man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for sexually exploiting two young boys over a five-and-a-half year period.

Philip Toronto, 43, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to 40 years in prison and five years of supervised release. In November 2017, Toronto pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of children.

On Feb. 28, 2017, a search warrant was executed at Toronto’s home in response to multiple CyberTips that tracked the trade of child pornography over Skype to Toronto’s Billerica address. During the search, law enforcement recovered evidence of child pornography. Law enforcement confronted Toronto with evidence that some of the child pornography appeared to be homemade. Toronto admitted to filming his sexual abuse of two young boys: a five-year-old boy as recently as September 2016; and a now 15-year-old boy between 2011 and 2014.

More extensive forensic review of the devices seized from Toronto’s home revealed surreptitious recordings of the children in various stages of undress as well as videos and images of Toronto raping and indecently assaulting each of the boys.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Raymond Moss, Acting Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; and Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, made the announcement today. This case was investigated in conjunction with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, which indicted Toronto for the rape and assault of both boys. Assistant U.S. Attorney Anne Paruti, Lelling’s Project Safe Childhood Coordinator and a member of his Major Crimes Unit, prosecuted the case.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood.  In 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse.  Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.

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Updated February 15, 2018