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Edgewood Man Pleads Guilty in Child Porn Case

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The 43-year-old man could face a prison term of up to 20 years

A 43-year-old Edgewood man has pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography under a plea agreement, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Thursday.

Brian M. Phillips entered the plea when he appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge W. Daniel Schneider in Albuquerque on Thursday, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The news release said that Phillips specifically admitted to receiving a photograph depicting pre-teen children engaging in sexually explicit conduct as charged in Count 3 of the federal indictment returned against him in June. The indictment charged Phillips with distribution and attempted distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography.

Phillips is in custody pending sentencing, the news release said.

At sentencing, Phillips will face a term of not less than five years and not more than 20 years imprisonment, a maximum fine of $250,000 and a lifetime term of supervised release, according to the news release. He also will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales said the charges against Phillips stemmed from an undercover investigation by the New Mexico State Police that began in July 2009 and culminated with the execution of a search warrant at Phillips’ residence in December 2009.

The news release said that forensic examination of Phillips’ computers uncovered more than 1,000 images of child pornography.

 

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