(Updated)BG man gets 20 years for child porn PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 10 June 2013 09:52
A former employee of the Children’s Resource Center in Bowling Green has been sentenced to more than 20 years in federal prison for producing, distributing and receiving child pornography.
Phillip Butler, 35, formerly of Bowling Green, appeared Friday in the courtroom of U.S. District Court Judge Jack Zouhary.
Butler pleaded guilty on Feb. 15 to five counts of child pornography.
In the case, a residence on North Main Street in Bowling Green and on East Ervin Road in Van Wert were searched. Court documents showed Butler was in possession of tens of thousands of images and video files containing child pornography. His activity was initially discovered in 2010 during an undercover investigation, and the case came to federal court in August of 2012.
During an interview, according to an affidavit supporting a criminal complaint in the case, Butler admitted to possessing thousands of digital images and additionally thousands of movie files, largely of boys between the ages of 14 and 17.
In the document, “Butler states that he would meet 14- to 17-year-old males on webcam sites ... record them masturbating, then share those files with others” via a file sharing service.
“Butler states that he caused or directed minors to perform sexually explicit activity in less than 100 instances,” the document continues.
CRC Executive Director Janelle LaFond confirmed that Butler had been an employee for eight years, from 2002 to 2010, as a behavior specialist and community worker. Butler was suspended from the job in August of 2010 after the CRC learned of the allegations. LaFond joined the CRC last June and never worked with Butler.
LaFond stated that, in his position, Butler would have been in contact with children on a regular basis, but in public or group settings, such as in the classroom.
“What Homeland Security told the administration, at that time, there was nothing that indicated any wrongdoing here. And that the staff went through and did an internal review and there was no indication that anything had happened here.”
“What happened to the children was horrible,” she said of Butler’s offenses. “I think of the victims. It’s just a horrible situation.”
Last Updated on Monday, 10 June 2013 11:04
 

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