Previously convicted sex offender sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for receiving child pornography | USAO-MD

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Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Paul Anthony Philip III, 38, of Millersville, Maryland, to 15 years in federal prison, followed by life probation, for receiving child pornography. As part of his sentence, the court ordered Philip to pay $9,000 in restitution. Judge Blake also ordered that upon his release from prison, Philip must continue to register as a sex offender in the places where he resides, where he is employed and where he is a student, under the law on the Registration and Notification of Sex Offenders (“SORNA”).

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; and Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Sobocinski of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office.

According to his plea agreement, Philip had previously been convicted of possession of child pornography by the United States District Court for the District of Maryland in 2015. Following his conviction, Philip was sentenced to 48 months in prison. imprisonment followed by 15 years of probation. . The conditions of Philip’s supervised release prohibited him from using computers or Internet-enabled devices without approval from the United States Probation and Pretrial Services. He was also prohibited from installing activity monitoring software or hardware.

After Philip’s release from federal custody in January 2019, Philp signed a supervision agreement in which he agreed to waive any expectation of confidentiality from the probation officer and the computer surveillance software. Further, Philip has agreed that he will not view, subscribe to, upload or transmit any Content in any medium in violation of state or federal law or in violation of his probation terms. He then received a prepaid phone approved by the US probation officer which contained monitoring software.

In five separate cases in 2021, Philip failed to show up for sex offender treatment, including mental health and addiction therapy sessions, as required by the conditions of his supervised release. In addition, Philip’s probation officer (USPO) contacted the manager of his sober residence and was informed that Philip did not follow the rules and policies of his sober residence and often used smart devices. While inspecting Philip’s room, the USPO discovered an unauthorized tablet under Philip’s pillow. The tablet was later confiscated by the USPO.

On April 12, 2021, the USPO asked Philip if there was any child pornography on the unauthorized tablet. Philip declined to answer questions about the tablet. The next day, the USPO confiscated Philip’s USPO-approved cell phone. Eventually, Philip falsely informed the USPO that he had not viewed any child pornography images.

As noted in his guilty plea, Philip’s tablet and cell phone were searched pursuant to federal search warrants and found to contain numerous images of child pornography, including approximately 282 images and 206 videos depicting the sexual abuse of children, including a baby.

Examination of data stored on Philip’s tablet showed that the device was connected to an email account created in February 2021. The same email account received an email from a website widely used by individuals to view child pornography. The email confirmed Philip’s registration of an account on a child pornography website under the username ‘live4kidlove’. Philip used the same email account to distribute and receive links to files depicting child sexual abuse in exchange for further child pornography images.

United States Attorney Erek L. Barron praised the FBI for its work in the investigation. Mr. Barron thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Judson T. Mihok, who prosecuted the case.

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 the United States Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood brings together federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit child sexual abuse, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information on the Safe Childhood Project, please visit www.justice.gov/psc. For more information on internet safety training, please visit www.justice.gov/psc and click on the “Resources” tab on the left side of the page.

For more information about the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office, its priorities, and the resources available to help the community, please visit www.justice.gov/usao-md/project-safe-childhood and https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/community-outreach.

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