Thursday, November 15, 2012
A McPherson County man has admitted in federal court to using a 9-year-old girl to produce child pornography, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Thursday.
Philip Grigsby, 50, Marquette, entered guilty pleas to eight counts of sexual exploitation of a child, one count of possession of child pornography an done count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Grigsby became the subject of an investigation in Australia earlier this year when an Australian man was arrested by police there. Evidence collected during that investigation showed the Australian man had received child pornography from other men, including Grigsby.
According to federal prosecutors, investigators found e-mails sent by Grigsby to the man in Australia. Those messages included attachments with images of child pornography. Investigators were able to determine the location and the identity of the victim because the name of a middle school was visible on a certificate in one of the photographs. Search warrants served at Grigsby's house turned up more evidence, Grissom's office said. An analysis of Grigsby's computer revealed more than 400 images and five movies showing the sexual exploitation of the child as well as other images of child pornography.
Grigsby will be sentenced Feb. 4. He faces as many as 260 years in prison and fines up to $750,000. Each sexual exploitation of a child charge carries penalties of 15 to 30 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000; the child pornography possession charge carries a maximum term of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 maximum fine; and the firearm charge also carries a prison sentence up to 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.