December 21, 2015

Janesville Man Sentenced to Five Years for Child Pornography Crime

MADISON, WI—John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Matthew Phillips, 37, Janesville, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge James Peterson to five years in federal prison for receipt of child pornography. This prison term will be followed by a 10-year term of supervised release. Phillips pleaded guilty to this charge on October 22, 2015.

On January 30, 2015, a search warrant was executed at Phillips’ home. As part of that search warrant, the defendant’s phone was seized. The phone was analyzed and agents found an image of child pornography that had been sent to the defendant on October 14, 2014. Along with the picture, there was conversation recovered on the phone between Phillips and the minor in which the defendant asked her to send the picture. Judge Peterson told the defendant that the victim was like a lost child in the woods and the defendant was the wolf.

The charge against Phillips was the result of an investigation conducted by Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Rockton, Ill. Police Department. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman.