BOSTON – A Marlborough man pleaded guilty today, March 30, in federal court in Boston to child exploitation offenses.
Philip Raymond, 65, pleaded guilty to 13 counts of sexual exploitation of children, and attempt. U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns scheduled sentencing for Aug. 17, 2022. Raymond was arrested and charged in October 2020 and has remained in federal custody since.
Between 2004 and 2012, Raymond produced or attempted to produce child pornography involving 13 different children. A search of Raymond’s home in 2019 resulted in the seizure of various digital devices containing evidence that Raymond had filmed his sexual abuse of two of those children.
The digital evidence also showed that Raymond had set up a recording device in his child’s room and in his home’s bathroom to attempt to record imagery of children in the nude.
In total, Raymond recorded 13 different children. According to court records, Raymond is also facing charges in Middlesex Superior Court for child rape as well as possession of other child pornography discovered during the search of his residence.
The charging statute provides for a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years and up to 30 years in prison per count, at least five years and up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.
United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins; Matthew B. Millhollin, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigation, Boston Field Office; Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan; Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; and Marlborough Police Chief David Giorgi made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Anne Paruti, Chief of Rollins’ Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.
The case is brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identity and rescue victims.