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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Federal Court Sentences Davenport Man for Possessing Child Pornography

DAVENPORT, IA- On June 15, 2016, Philipp Johnson, age 40, of Davenport, Iowa, was sentenced by Chief United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey to 120 months imprisonment on the charge of possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Kevin VanderSchel. Johnson was also ordered to serve 10 years of supervised release following his prison term, pay $100 towards the Crime Victims Fund, and pay $3,000.00 to each of the two identified victims. Forfeiture of the electronic device used to possess the child pornography was also ordered.

Johnson pled guilty to this crime on January 25, 2016. On December 1, 2014, the Davenport, Iowa Police Department was notified that Johnson’s cellular phone contained suspected child pornography. A forensic examination showed that the phone was activated on October 24, 2014, and last accessed November 20, 2014. The examination revealed that the user was actively browsing the internet for pornographic websites. The examiner found 496 images containing child pornography, some of which showed children under the age of twelve years old and a minor engaged in bestiality. Upon searching the Iowa Sex Offender Registry, it was confirmed that Johnson is a registered sex offender with the State of Iowa, for a prior conviction of Sexual Abuse 3rd (Iowa Code 709.4) on August 4, 2000. His victim was a female between the ages of 0-13.

This matter was investigated by the Davenport Police Department and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa as part of the Project Safe Childhood initiative.

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Updated June 16, 2016