CAPE CORAL, Fla.- In an update to a story we told you, in June, Phillip Trott has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
The original report is as follows:
Cape Coral Police Detectives assigned to the FBI Innocent Images Task Force have arrested Phillip Trott, 49 of Cape Coral on charges that he performed sexual acts over a computer web-cam and attempting to entice (whom he believed to be) a 14-year-old girl to send him naked pictures of herself.
The Innocent Images National Initiative (IINI), a component of FBI's Cyber Crimes Program, is an intelligence driven, proactive, multi-agency investigative operation to combat the proliferation of child pornography/child sexual exploitation (CP/CSE) facilitated by an online computer. The IINI provides centralized coordination and analysis of case information that by its very nature is national and international in scope, requiring unprecedented coordination with state, local, and international governments and among FBI field offices and legal attachés. The Cape Coral Police Department participates in this task force.
Since March of this year, Detectives from Brevard County, the Cape Coral Police Department and the FBI have been investigating Trott. Over the course of the investigation, Trott believed that he was interacting online with a 14-year-old girl. The person who Trott was interacting with online was in fact a Detective.
Trott performed lewd acts in front of web-cam, solicited pictures of the 14-year-old that showed her nude or in a bathing suit and Trott even alluded to wanting to meet the girl in person.
Cape Coral Police Detectives conducted a search warrant on Trott’s home on June 23rd. Trott admitted that the person depicted in the web-cam video was indeed him, however he said that he did not remember the encounter. He was arrested on charges of computer pornography.
A subsequent search of his residence yielded 31 grams of marijuana for which he was additionally charged.
Trott has an extensive violent criminal history out of Monroe and Volusia Counties that dates back to the 1980s.
“We are proud of the work done by the Law Enforcement professionals who make up the Task Force. This is a disturbing case but it goes to show that this type of criminal activity and danger can happen here, and it is very real. The Cape Coral Police Department urges parents to get involved in their children’s online activities. Please monitor what they access and who they communicate with online,” said Lieutenant Tony Sizemore.