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Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Orlando Man Sentenced To 60 Years For Sexually Exploiting Children

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge John Antoon, II has sentenced Roy Thomas Phillips (47, Orlando) to 60 years in federal prison for sexually exploiting children. The Court also ordered him to forfeit the electronic devices he had used to commit the offense.

 

Phillips pleaded guilty on February 10, 2017.

 

According to court documents, from 2013 until his arrest in 2016, Phillips paid individuals in the Philippines to sexually abuse children and to livestream the abuse over the Internet. Phillips directed the live sexual molestations and recorded screen shots of the abuse from his office in Orlando. During a one-year period, Phillips wire transferred a total of $16,700 to one of the individuals in the Philippines to pay for the live sex acts perpetrated on children. The child victims were between the ages of 3 and 13.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Karen L. Gable.

 

This case 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 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 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.justice.gov/psc.

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Updated July 25, 2017