Sacto 9-1-1
April 13, 2012
Sacramento man pleads guilty in child exploitation case

A Sacramento man has pleaded guilty to child exploitation charges.

Phillip J. Colwell, 52, entered the pleas today in federal court in Sacramento, admitting to producing child pornography, transmitting obscene matter to a minor and using a cell phone to entice a minor to engage in unlawful sexual conduct.

According to court documents, in October 2011, Colwell engaged in a series of cell phone text conversations with a 14-year-old Sacramento boy. He sent the boy sexually explicit images and sought to engage the youth in sexual conduct.

Colwell acknowledged that he encouraged the boy to produce sexually explicit images of himself to send to Colwell, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

Colwell also admitted that in July 2011, he engaged in sex acts with a 16-year-old Sacramento boy and produced sexually explicit photos of the youth. He then uploaded the photos to a website to promote the commercial trafficking of the boy, authorities said.

Colwell is to be sentenced June 29 by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr.

The case resulted from an investigation by the FBI's Sacramento-based Innocence Lost Task Force, the Sacramento Police Department and the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office.

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