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Thirty year sentence for convicted child pornographer

Thirty year sentence for convicted child pornographer
A Martin man will spend the next three decades in federal prison for his involvement in child pornography. According to a press release issued by the Department of Justice, Phillip Haven Sanchez, 40, of Martin was sentenced in federal court last week to 30 years in prison. Sanchez was indicted on a local level in February 2006 for engaging in sexual activity with a female minor for the purpose of producing visual depictions of such activity. He was found guilty of that charge by a federal grand jury in April 2008. U.S. District Court Judge Samuel H. Mays sentenced Sanchez on Thursday. Assistant United States Attorney Dan L. Newsom served as prosecutor for the case. The Martin Police Department launched an investigation of the child pornography case three years ago. It was joined by member agencies of the Memphis Crimes Against Children Task Force, specifically, the FBI, ICE, Shelby County Sheriff’s Department and the Memphis Police Department. Launched in February 2006, Project Safe Childhood is a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov. WCP 10.28.08

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