Samuel Phillips sentenced for images of child molestation

Samuel Phillips sentenced for images of child molestation

Former Tacoma resident, Samuel Phillips sentenced to 15 years in prison for production of images of child molestation
Sexually abused a 5-year-old child

Tacoma (STL.News) A former Tacoma resident, who was residing in South Bend, Indiana, at the time of his arrest, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 15 years in federal prison for production of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran.  SAMUEL PHILLIPS, 27, must register as a sex offender upon release from prison and will be supervised by federal probation for 25 years.  At the sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle said, “This involves the abuse of those who are the most vulnerable – young children….  A young child has been given a life sentence of this trauma.”

PHILLIPS pleaded guilty in September 2020.  In March 2018, PHILLIPS was residing in a Tacoma apartment with a 5-year-old child, when he made video recordings of the sexual abuse.  PHILLIPS relocated to Indiana in early 2019.  His spouse discovered the videos on his phone.  PHILLIPS was arrested by South Bend Police, who alerted the Tacoma Police Department.  PHILLIPS was charged federally with production of child pornography on April 30, 2019. 

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