JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A Gautier man who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a child in 2014 will spend every day for the next 18 years behind bars.
Prosecutors said Daniel Adam Phillips, 32, abused a family acquaintance at an apartment complex playground. He also pleaded guilty to Exploitation of a Child. That charge involved images found on his cell phone two years before the actual abuse.
"This case is proof, as studies have shown, that viewing child pornography can, and often does, lead to abusing children," District Attorney Tony Lawrence said.
"Child exploitation is not a victimless crime," Assistant District Attorney Leilani Tynes said. "These are not just pictures or images. These cases are about actual children who have been sexually abused and have had that abuse memorialized in videos and pictures."
On the Exploitation charge, Judge Kathy King Jackson sentenced Phillips to 30 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections; 18 years to serve, day for day, the remainder to serve on Post Release Supervision. Phillips must also pay a $1,500 fine, court costs, $100 to the Crime Victim's Compensation Fund, $1,000 mandatory assessment to the Mississippi Children's Trust Fund, and register as a sex offender.
As to the Touching of a Child for Lustful Purposes, Phillips was sentenced to 15 years to serve, day for day, a $1,500 fine, court costs, no contact with the victim, and register as a sex offender.
"I hope that this eighteen year, day for day, sentence sends a message that preying on children, either by viewing child pornography or by physically abusing them, will not be tolerated in this community," Lawrence said.