For Immediate Release
March 17, 2016
Liberty Township Man Charged with Child Pornography
Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports that his Criminal Investigations Division received information from I.C.A.C. (Internet Crimes Against Children) Taskforce that someone had downloaded, uploaded, and viewed child pornography in the Butler County area. Further investigation led the detectives to an address on Cody Brook Drive in Liberty Township. The resident, Phillip Holmes, a 50 year old male, told detectives that he did have a computer and that he posted videos and did actively search for child pornography on the Internet.
Mr. Holmes is from England and is here in the United States legally; however, if he is convicted of this crime, he could be deported. “This was not a lengthy investigation, it actually happened fairly quickly. There are investigative tools that are used to alert authorities when people try to view, download, or upload child pornography, and that is what happened in this case,” said Detective Joe Nerlinger. “Mr. Holmes told us we would find some disturbing material, and he was right.”
The investigation will continue and more charges are possible. “It never ceases to amaze me the kind of disturbing behavior people will engage or attempt to engage themselves in. We were made aware of this situation, acted fast, and now he’s in my jail where he needs to be. I will assist with every aspect of the prosecution and even the deportation if need be” said Sheriff Jones.
There is no evidence that Mr. Holmes produced any videos or images. He was charged with 2 counts of Pandering Sexually Oriented Matter, a 2nd degree felony, and placed in the Butler County Jail.