PhillipsAn Alton man has pleaded guilty to felony charge of child pornography and faces up to 20 years in prison for the crime.  67 year old Donald L. Phillips of the 3500 block of Forest Avenue entered the plea on Tuesday and will be back in court next month for a pre-sentencing hearing.

Phillips was charged following a statewide investigation into the spread of child pornography over the Internet.  During the crackdown by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, authorities were able to determine that Phillips downloaded the material then sold it to others between March and June of 2013.  They obtained a search warrant for his home computer and found the material, and he was charged with three counts on July 19, 2013.  As part of the plea deal, two of the three charges were dropped.  He remains held in the Madison County Jail. 

 

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