Web cam child porn sentence: 20 years

May 1, 2008 4:41:50 AM PDT
A Lewes area man has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for his guilty plea to one count of distributing child pornography.

Thirty-year-old Christopher Phillips was one of nine men indicted last year in a child pornography ring.

Phillips was accused of molesting an 8-year-old child while another man watched via a Web camera. Phillips claimed he only simulated touching the girl.

He apologized in court Wednesday. Defense attorney, Raymond Radulski said Phillips had been sexually abused as a child himself. Radulski said it was clear from Internet chat records that Phillips was being manipulated by the alleged ringleader, Paul Thielemann of Georgetown.

Thielemann received a 20-year sentence last month.

Information from: The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal, http://www.delawareonline.com