Crime

Ocean Springs man detained in FBI raid faces child-porn charges

A suspect is lead from a home in handcuffs on Temple Terrace in Ocean Springs, Thursday afternoon, Sept. 8, 2016.
A suspect is lead from a home in handcuffs on Temple Terrace in Ocean Springs, Thursday afternoon, Sept. 8, 2016. ttisbell@sunherald.com

A man taken into custody in an FBI raid at an Ocean Springs home had 97 titles of pornographic pictures and videos of children available for download from his computer, an affidavit said.

One of the videos shows a 15- or 16-year-old girl he knows as she performs oral sex on him, an investigator said in a sworn statement.

Philip Joseph Spear, 59, was handcuffed at his home Thursday in a neighborhood near East Beach. He is held on suspicion of possessing child pornography.

Spear has admitted he’d been looking for and downloading child porn and confessed he’s had a sexual interest in children since he was 12, the affidavit said. He also allegedly said he’d been downloading child porn since he lived in the Philippines five or six years ago.

The affidavit is the sworn statement of a cybercrime investigator with the state Attorney General’s Office who is assigned to an FBI Task Force.

Undercover search conducted

Spear’s videos and pictures were available for download through a file-sharing network, the affidavit said. His IP address reportedly was found May 12 during an undercover search of computer users who make child porn available for others to download.

The affidavit said the investigation found titles such as “toddler” and “babyJ” and sexually explicit videos, screen shots and pictures involving girls who had not yet reached puberty.

A video downloaded May 12 is said to last a little more than one minute. It allegedly shows a child lying on a bed nude but partially covered. Within 10 seconds, a man begins to touch her and then has sex with her.

Investigators subpoenaed the internet service provider for records, which led investigators to Spears, the affidavit said.

Before the computer was taken from his home, an initial forensic review allegedly revealed a 34-second video and screen shots of a man and young girl in sexually explicit conduct.

Spear is known to have access to children under age 18, the affidavit said.

He will be taken to U.S. District Court for preliminary and detention hearings before a magistrate judge at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

After a review of Spear’s financial information Friday, Judge Robert H. Walker declined to appoint a public defender, court records show.

Kate Magandy, Sun Herald digital editor, contributed to this report.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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