Christopher J. Phillips – Blame Gaming Child Molesting Child Pornographer

A man accused of molesting an 8-year-old child while an associate watched via a Web camera was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Wednesday, the statutory maximum, for distributing child pornography.

Christopher J. Phillips, 30, of the Lewes area was one of nine men arrested and federally indicted as part of a child pornography ring last year that prosecutors said was led by Paul R. Thielemann of Georgetown.

Phillips pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of distribution of child pornography. He claimed he never actually touched the girl, but merely simulated contact.

No visual record exists of the encounter, although prosecutors recovered an online chat where Thielemann appears to instruct Phillips what to do to the child and then reacts at each step.


In court Wednesday, Phillips offered a tearful apology to his family and to the child.

“At that time in my life, I was at an all-time low,” he said. “I’m a good person caught up in something I shouldn’t have.”

His attorney, Raymond M. Radulski, said Phillips had been sexually abused as a child himself — abuse that was far worse than was alleged in this case.

Phillips said if there was one positive in this, it was that he was finally able to talk to a therapist about the abuse he suffered at age 7. “I wish it didn’t have to happen this way to realize there are people out there to help me,” he said.

Radulski asked District Judge Sue L. Robinson to sentence Phillips to something less than the statutory maximum of 20 years, recommended by the federal sentencing guidelines and prosecutors, and instead hand down something closer to the minimum sentence of five years.

Radulski noted that Phillips had no prior criminal record, had no child pornography on his computer and, according to the evidence, was involved only in this one incident. Yet, Radulski said, Phillips was receiving the same sentence — the maximum — as a major child pornography distributor with a lengthy criminal record.

Radulski also said it was clear from the chats that Thielemann was manipulating Phillips. “Thielemann really had to work hard,” he said.

Court records indicate Thielemann offered Phillips money before Phillips finally acquiesced. And afterward, according to the chats recovered by prosecutors, Phillips expressed regret.

At his sentencing last week, Thielemann attempted to blame Phillips, saying Phillips knew he wasn’t serious about the money and that he only watched while Phillips actually touched the child.

Thielemann received a sentence of 20 years and Robinson, who called Thielemann a “predator,” said Wednesday she could not see how she could give Phillips a lesser sentence.

Robinson said she agreed the federal sentencing guidelines appeared to be out of line, but said that was for Congress or an appeals court to fix.

“I decline to do that,” she said.

Radulski, who acknowledged Phillips’ acts were “awful,” said his client would be appealing the sentence as disproportionally excessive.

Christopher J. Phillips – Blame Gaming Child Molesting Child Pornographer

A man accused of molesting an 8-year-old child while an associate watched via a Web camera was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Wednesday, the statutory maximum, for distributing child pornography.

Christopher J. Phillips, 30, of the Lewes area was one of nine men arrested and federally indicted as part of a child pornography ring last year that prosecutors said was led by Paul R. Thielemann of Georgetown.

Phillips pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of distribution of child pornography. He claimed he never actually touched the girl, but merely simulated contact.

No visual record exists of the encounter, although prosecutors recovered an online chat where Thielemann appears to instruct Phillips what to do to the child and then reacts at each step.


In court Wednesday, Phillips offered a tearful apology to his family and to the child.

“At that time in my life, I was at an all-time low,” he said. “I’m a good person caught up in something I shouldn’t have.”

His attorney, Raymond M. Radulski, said Phillips had been sexually abused as a child himself — abuse that was far worse than was alleged in this case.

Phillips said if there was one positive in this, it was that he was finally able to talk to a therapist about the abuse he suffered at age 7. “I wish it didn’t have to happen this way to realize there are people out there to help me,” he said.

Radulski asked District Judge Sue L. Robinson to sentence Phillips to something less than the statutory maximum of 20 years, recommended by the federal sentencing guidelines and prosecutors, and instead hand down something closer to the minimum sentence of five years.

Radulski noted that Phillips had no prior criminal record, had no child pornography on his computer and, according to the evidence, was involved only in this one incident. Yet, Radulski said, Phillips was receiving the same sentence — the maximum — as a major child pornography distributor with a lengthy criminal record.

Radulski also said it was clear from the chats that Thielemann was manipulating Phillips. “Thielemann really had to work hard,” he said.

Court records indicate Thielemann offered Phillips money before Phillips finally acquiesced. And afterward, according to the chats recovered by prosecutors, Phillips expressed regret.

At his sentencing last week, Thielemann attempted to blame Phillips, saying Phillips knew he wasn’t serious about the money and that he only watched while Phillips actually touched the child.

Thielemann received a sentence of 20 years and Robinson, who called Thielemann a “predator,” said Wednesday she could not see how she could give Phillips a lesser sentence.

Robinson said she agreed the federal sentencing guidelines appeared to be out of line, but said that was for Congress or an appeals court to fix.

“I decline to do that,” she said.

Radulski, who acknowledged Phillips’ acts were “awful,” said his client would be appealing the sentence as disproportionally excessive.

Christopher J. Phillips – Blame Gaming Child Molesting Child Pornographer

A man accused of molesting an 8-year-old child while an associate watched via a Web camera was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Wednesday, the statutory maximum, for distributing child pornography.

Christopher J. Phillips, 30, of the Lewes area was one of nine men arrested and federally indicted as part of a child pornography ring last year that prosecutors said was led by Paul R. Thielemann of Georgetown.

Phillips pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of distribution of child pornography. He claimed he never actually touched the girl, but merely simulated contact.

No visual record exists of the encounter, although prosecutors recovered an online chat where Thielemann appears to instruct Phillips what to do to the child and then reacts at each step.


In court Wednesday, Phillips offered a tearful apology to his family and to the child.

“At that time in my life, I was at an all-time low,” he said. “I’m a good person caught up in something I shouldn’t have.”

His attorney, Raymond M. Radulski, said Phillips had been sexually abused as a child himself — abuse that was far worse than was alleged in this case.

Phillips said if there was one positive in this, it was that he was finally able to talk to a therapist about the abuse he suffered at age 7. “I wish it didn’t have to happen this way to realize there are people out there to help me,” he said.

Radulski asked District Judge Sue L. Robinson to sentence Phillips to something less than the statutory maximum of 20 years, recommended by the federal sentencing guidelines and prosecutors, and instead hand down something closer to the minimum sentence of five years.

Radulski noted that Phillips had no prior criminal record, had no child pornography on his computer and, according to the evidence, was involved only in this one incident. Yet, Radulski said, Phillips was receiving the same sentence — the maximum — as a major child pornography distributor with a lengthy criminal record.

Radulski also said it was clear from the chats that Thielemann was manipulating Phillips. “Thielemann really had to work hard,” he said.

Court records indicate Thielemann offered Phillips money before Phillips finally acquiesced. And afterward, according to the chats recovered by prosecutors, Phillips expressed regret.

At his sentencing last week, Thielemann attempted to blame Phillips, saying Phillips knew he wasn’t serious about the money and that he only watched while Phillips actually touched the child.

Thielemann received a sentence of 20 years and Robinson, who called Thielemann a “predator,” said Wednesday she could not see how she could give Phillips a lesser sentence.

Robinson said she agreed the federal sentencing guidelines appeared to be out of line, but said that was for Congress or an appeals court to fix.

“I decline to do that,” she said.

Radulski, who acknowledged Phillips’ acts were “awful,” said his client would be appealing the sentence as disproportionally excessive.

Craig Francis Hall – "Ashamed and Mortified" but blames his Child Porn on Depression


On a projector screen before a packed federal courtroom in Gainesville at Craig Francis Hall’s sentencing hearing Tuesday defense attorneys put up a timeline showing his decline. He went from a longtime Gainesville attorney and one-time circuit judge candidate to a man suffering from mental illness in the wake of prostate cancer and its complications who downloaded child pornography.

Hall’s attorneys argued that by 2007, when authorities confiscated four videos showing child pornography from Hall’s office, his depression was so severe, he had sought child pornography not for his enjoyment but as a way to confirm his suspicion that God didn’t exist and that the world was full of evil.

But prosecutors argued that whatever the reason behind Hall’s decision to download child pornography, he had pleaded guilty to the charge and should be punished like any other defendant, and Senior Judge Maurice M. Paul sentenced Hall, 59, to 70 months in prison, which he said was the lower limit of what legal guidelines recommend.

The sentencing followed more than three hours of testimony from Hall’s psychologists and psychiatrists, who argued that Hall had not downloaded pornographic images for enjoyment but rather out of severe depression, and impassioned pleas from friends and family members asking that Paul sentence Hall to home confinement rather than a prison term.

Defense Attorney Larry Turner’s argument for probation with home confinement focused on the progress mental health professionals said Hall has made in treating his depression, which they said started when Hall was coping with the effects of prostate cancer and treatment for it. Those mental health professionals said they do not believe Hall is a pedophile, said he was unlikely to ever look at child pornography again and said they did not believe Hall is a danger to children.

Dozens of Hall’s friends and supporters packed the courtroom, from longtime attorneys and other community leaders to Hall’s former clients. Many of those community leaders testified on Hall’s behalf. Hall’s wife, Marilyn, tearfully asked the judge to consider a prison sentence’s impact on Hall’s twins.

Hall addressed Paul, too, saying he was “ashamed and mortified” that he had “disgraced myself and those who love me.”

Francis Todd Williams, lead attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, spoke briefly at the end of the hearing, saying that the trial wasn’t about Hall’s character but about the harm child pornography causes.

“In the past three and a half hours, the court has heard a lot about Craig Hall,” Williams said. “We are not here about that. We are here because of what happened to those children in the videos. I speak on their behalf. Whether he did this out of morbid curiosity or because he enjoyed it, he did it.”

Defense Attorney Larry Turner said the sentence left him not only disappointed, but “heartbroken.”

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Craig Francis Hall – "Ashamed and Mortified" but blames his Child Porn on Depression


On a projector screen before a packed federal courtroom in Gainesville at Craig Francis Hall’s sentencing hearing Tuesday defense attorneys put up a timeline showing his decline. He went from a longtime Gainesville attorney and one-time circuit judge candidate to a man suffering from mental illness in the wake of prostate cancer and its complications who downloaded child pornography.

Hall’s attorneys argued that by 2007, when authorities confiscated four videos showing child pornography from Hall’s office, his depression was so severe, he had sought child pornography not for his enjoyment but as a way to confirm his suspicion that God didn’t exist and that the world was full of evil.

But prosecutors argued that whatever the reason behind Hall’s decision to download child pornography, he had pleaded guilty to the charge and should be punished like any other defendant, and Senior Judge Maurice M. Paul sentenced Hall, 59, to 70 months in prison, which he said was the lower limit of what legal guidelines recommend.

The sentencing followed more than three hours of testimony from Hall’s psychologists and psychiatrists, who argued that Hall had not downloaded pornographic images for enjoyment but rather out of severe depression, and impassioned pleas from friends and family members asking that Paul sentence Hall to home confinement rather than a prison term.

Defense Attorney Larry Turner’s argument for probation with home confinement focused on the progress mental health professionals said Hall has made in treating his depression, which they said started when Hall was coping with the effects of prostate cancer and treatment for it. Those mental health professionals said they do not believe Hall is a pedophile, said he was unlikely to ever look at child pornography again and said they did not believe Hall is a danger to children.

Dozens of Hall’s friends and supporters packed the courtroom, from longtime attorneys and other community leaders to Hall’s former clients. Many of those community leaders testified on Hall’s behalf. Hall’s wife, Marilyn, tearfully asked the judge to consider a prison sentence’s impact on Hall’s twins.

Hall addressed Paul, too, saying he was “ashamed and mortified” that he had “disgraced myself and those who love me.”

Francis Todd Williams, lead attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, spoke briefly at the end of the hearing, saying that the trial wasn’t about Hall’s character but about the harm child pornography causes.

“In the past three and a half hours, the court has heard a lot about Craig Hall,” Williams said. “We are not here about that. We are here because of what happened to those children in the videos. I speak on their behalf. Whether he did this out of morbid curiosity or because he enjoyed it, he did it.”

Defense Attorney Larry Turner said the sentence left him not only disappointed, but “heartbroken.”

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Craig Francis Hall – "Ashamed and Mortified" but blames his Child Porn on Depression


On a projector screen before a packed federal courtroom in Gainesville at Craig Francis Hall’s sentencing hearing Tuesday defense attorneys put up a timeline showing his decline. He went from a longtime Gainesville attorney and one-time circuit judge candidate to a man suffering from mental illness in the wake of prostate cancer and its complications who downloaded child pornography.

Hall’s attorneys argued that by 2007, when authorities confiscated four videos showing child pornography from Hall’s office, his depression was so severe, he had sought child pornography not for his enjoyment but as a way to confirm his suspicion that God didn’t exist and that the world was full of evil.

But prosecutors argued that whatever the reason behind Hall’s decision to download child pornography, he had pleaded guilty to the charge and should be punished like any other defendant, and Senior Judge Maurice M. Paul sentenced Hall, 59, to 70 months in prison, which he said was the lower limit of what legal guidelines recommend.

The sentencing followed more than three hours of testimony from Hall’s psychologists and psychiatrists, who argued that Hall had not downloaded pornographic images for enjoyment but rather out of severe depression, and impassioned pleas from friends and family members asking that Paul sentence Hall to home confinement rather than a prison term.

Defense Attorney Larry Turner’s argument for probation with home confinement focused on the progress mental health professionals said Hall has made in treating his depression, which they said started when Hall was coping with the effects of prostate cancer and treatment for it. Those mental health professionals said they do not believe Hall is a pedophile, said he was unlikely to ever look at child pornography again and said they did not believe Hall is a danger to children.

Dozens of Hall’s friends and supporters packed the courtroom, from longtime attorneys and other community leaders to Hall’s former clients. Many of those community leaders testified on Hall’s behalf. Hall’s wife, Marilyn, tearfully asked the judge to consider a prison sentence’s impact on Hall’s twins.

Hall addressed Paul, too, saying he was “ashamed and mortified” that he had “disgraced myself and those who love me.”

Francis Todd Williams, lead attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, spoke briefly at the end of the hearing, saying that the trial wasn’t about Hall’s character but about the harm child pornography causes.

“In the past three and a half hours, the court has heard a lot about Craig Hall,” Williams said. “We are not here about that. We are here because of what happened to those children in the videos. I speak on their behalf. Whether he did this out of morbid curiosity or because he enjoyed it, he did it.”

Defense Attorney Larry Turner said the sentence left him not only disappointed, but “heartbroken.”

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Terry Mills – Child Pornography, Zoologist, Magistrate

At least 14 photographs and one movie clip depicted children being subjected to sadomasochism or forced to have sex with animals.


A Croydon magistrate downloaded hundreds of pictures of child pornography – including some depicting bestiality and sadomasochism, a court heard this week.

Terry Mills, 58, from Arundel Road, Croydon, trawled the internet for vile images of children being sexually abused, jurors at Southwark Crown Court were told.

The zoologist and part-time magistrate spent four years building up a gallery of child pornography and was caught by police after they found his computer details on a well-known paedophile website.

Mills is accused of downloading 190 indecent pictures and movie clips of children under the age of 18 between December 2003 and September last year. He denies the charges.

The court heard material stored on Mr Mills’ two computers showed children either adopting “sexual poses” or being “sexually abused by adults”.

At least 14 photographs and one movie clip depicted children being subjected to sadomasochism or forced to have sex with animals.

Prosecutor Simon Clements told jurors: “The defendant lives alone.

“He is an intelligent man, a zoologist by profession and also a lay magistrate.” Mr Clements said police were alerted to the defendant after he left his “signature” on the internet.

He added: “The police regularly track websites which they know contain paedophile material. The Crown say he accessed a known website and as a result his computer address became known to police.”

Mr Mills also watched a film entitled “German Blondie” and received emails marked “British Boys” and “Busy at Both Ends”, the court heard.

He was arrested on September 18 last year and the computers were seized from his home.

But before the machines could be examined, he immediately claimed he had been a victim of identity fraud and his credit card details had been stolen. This was found to be untrue.


A total of 180 indecent photographs and 10 film clips were found on both computers as well as a large library of adult pornography.

Mr Clements said there was evidence “the plug had been pulled straight out” when the police came in to Mills’ home as the computer had not been shut down properly.

Mr Clements said: “Mr Mills accepts these images were on the computer, he accepts they are indecent images and he accepts the number of them.

“He says he had not seen them himself or did not have any cause to believe they were indecent images of children.”

The prosecutor added there was “compelling evidence” to show Mills was responsible for the pornography on his computer.

The trial continues.

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Terry Mills – Child Pornography, Zoologist, Magistrate

At least 14 photographs and one movie clip depicted children being subjected to sadomasochism or forced to have sex with animals.


A Croydon magistrate downloaded hundreds of pictures of child pornography – including some depicting bestiality and sadomasochism, a court heard this week.

Terry Mills, 58, from Arundel Road, Croydon, trawled the internet for vile images of children being sexually abused, jurors at Southwark Crown Court were told.

The zoologist and part-time magistrate spent four years building up a gallery of child pornography and was caught by police after they found his computer details on a well-known paedophile website.

Mills is accused of downloading 190 indecent pictures and movie clips of children under the age of 18 between December 2003 and September last year. He denies the charges.

The court heard material stored on Mr Mills’ two computers showed children either adopting “sexual poses” or being “sexually abused by adults”.

At least 14 photographs and one movie clip depicted children being subjected to sadomasochism or forced to have sex with animals.

Prosecutor Simon Clements told jurors: “The defendant lives alone.

“He is an intelligent man, a zoologist by profession and also a lay magistrate.” Mr Clements said police were alerted to the defendant after he left his “signature” on the internet.

He added: “The police regularly track websites which they know contain paedophile material. The Crown say he accessed a known website and as a result his computer address became known to police.”

Mr Mills also watched a film entitled “German Blondie” and received emails marked “British Boys” and “Busy at Both Ends”, the court heard.

He was arrested on September 18 last year and the computers were seized from his home.

But before the machines could be examined, he immediately claimed he had been a victim of identity fraud and his credit card details had been stolen. This was found to be untrue.


A total of 180 indecent photographs and 10 film clips were found on both computers as well as a large library of adult pornography.

Mr Clements said there was evidence “the plug had been pulled straight out” when the police came in to Mills’ home as the computer had not been shut down properly.

Mr Clements said: “Mr Mills accepts these images were on the computer, he accepts they are indecent images and he accepts the number of them.

“He says he had not seen them himself or did not have any cause to believe they were indecent images of children.”

The prosecutor added there was “compelling evidence” to show Mills was responsible for the pornography on his computer.

The trial continues.

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Terry Mills – Child Pornography, Zoologist, Magistrate

At least 14 photographs and one movie clip depicted children being subjected to sadomasochism or forced to have sex with animals.


A Croydon magistrate downloaded hundreds of pictures of child pornography – including some depicting bestiality and sadomasochism, a court heard this week.

Terry Mills, 58, from Arundel Road, Croydon, trawled the internet for vile images of children being sexually abused, jurors at Southwark Crown Court were told.

The zoologist and part-time magistrate spent four years building up a gallery of child pornography and was caught by police after they found his computer details on a well-known paedophile website.

Mills is accused of downloading 190 indecent pictures and movie clips of children under the age of 18 between December 2003 and September last year. He denies the charges.

The court heard material stored on Mr Mills’ two computers showed children either adopting “sexual poses” or being “sexually abused by adults”.

At least 14 photographs and one movie clip depicted children being subjected to sadomasochism or forced to have sex with animals.

Prosecutor Simon Clements told jurors: “The defendant lives alone.

“He is an intelligent man, a zoologist by profession and also a lay magistrate.” Mr Clements said police were alerted to the defendant after he left his “signature” on the internet.

He added: “The police regularly track websites which they know contain paedophile material. The Crown say he accessed a known website and as a result his computer address became known to police.”

Mr Mills also watched a film entitled “German Blondie” and received emails marked “British Boys” and “Busy at Both Ends”, the court heard.

He was arrested on September 18 last year and the computers were seized from his home.

But before the machines could be examined, he immediately claimed he had been a victim of identity fraud and his credit card details had been stolen. This was found to be untrue.


A total of 180 indecent photographs and 10 film clips were found on both computers as well as a large library of adult pornography.

Mr Clements said there was evidence “the plug had been pulled straight out” when the police came in to Mills’ home as the computer had not been shut down properly.

Mr Clements said: “Mr Mills accepts these images were on the computer, he accepts they are indecent images and he accepts the number of them.

“He says he had not seen them himself or did not have any cause to believe they were indecent images of children.”

The prosecutor added there was “compelling evidence” to show Mills was responsible for the pornography on his computer.

The trial continues.

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GREGORY Thomas Giles – Taxi Driving Sex Offender

YOU ARE NOT THE VICTIM

“You are responsible for effects that are deeper and more long-lasting than you would have ever thought of,”

GREGORY Thomas Giles had sex with a schoolgirl 33 years his junior – but it was his victim who incurred the wrath of their local community, the District Court has heard.

Judge Gordon Barrett today questioned community attitudes towards the “highly regarded” Naracoorte taxi owner and convicted sex offender.

Giles, 52, was found guilty of two counts of having unlawful sexual intercourse with the 14-year old girl in 2003.

Judge Barrett said while many locals continued to support Giles, his victim had suffered vilification and isolation from parts of the community.

Judge Barrett cited from one of 14 references supporting the former SA Taxi Board member.

“The reference begins speaking of you in these terms – ‘Yes, guilty of being too trusting, too caring, too community-minded’,” Judge Barrett said.

“That is not what you are guilty of – you are guilty of committing two sexual offences against a 14-year-old girl.

“You are not the one who was too trusting, she and her parents were.”

Giles had lured the girl to Adelaide on the pretence that she would be taking photographs of taxis breaking the law.

The pair stayed in an apartment overnight, where Giles sexually abused the girl.

Giles was found guilty in October 2006 but had his conviction overturned on appeal.

He was found guilty a second time at trial earlier this year.

Judge Barrett said he could give Giles no credit for contrition or remorse and doubted if he understood the extent of the harm he had inflicted.

“You are responsible for effects that are deeper and more long-lasting than you would have ever thought of,” he said.

The judge said Giles’ offending had cost him his taxi company and his award-winning business as a tour guide.

He said Giles suffered from coronary heart disease and had an increased risk of suffering a stroke from stress.

BOO FUCKING HOO

Judge Barrett said there was no good reason to suspend the sentence and imposed a non-parole period of two years and three months.

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