A former Long Beach volunteer youth soccer coach has pleaded not guilty to three counts each of possession and distribution of child pornography. Robert Warden Phillips, of Lake Forest in Orange County, coached 12- to 14-year old girls for the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) in 2014, but none of the girls he coached was featured in the photographs in his possession.
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Phillips came to the attention of authorities following a series of tips forwarded by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Following a search of Phillips’ home, a number of electronic devices and media storage devices containing pornographic images of children were seized.
A conviction for child pornography is a life-changing event. It is no understatement to say that following a conviction on these charges, your life will never be the same again. Penalties for a child pornography conviction include prison, fines, and lifetime registration on the state’s sex offender registry. Moving away from the state will not cancel the registration requirement. It will follow you wherever you go. In addition, failing to register as a sex offender can put you at risk of being pursued relentlessly by law enforcement, because failing to register as a sex offender is a crime by itself.
Finding appropriate criminal defense against a Los Angeles child pornography charge can be difficult. Some lawyers will not take child pornography cases or take them only reluctantly because of the sensitivity of the issue. Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend does not hesistate to take child pornography defense cases. Accused persons still have rights under the law, and an accusation is just that – an accusation. A conviction requires solid proof and can only be obtained through a court proceeding of some kind. Mr. Helfend aggressively challenges allegations related to sexual offenses, regardless of what the allegations are or who the alleged victim is.
When you are convicted of a child pornography offense, you are likely to lose your job and perhaps your license – if you work as a licensed professional. These losses are often permanent. You may need to seek a different line of work following your release, or the completion of your sentence. Your personal, family and professional relationships are likely to be ruined. People – even those closest to you – do not want to be associated with a convicted child pornographer. Your social activies may be severely curtailed, and this is likely to happen repeatedly as people discover your conviction history.
Do not jeopardize your right to excellent representation by choosing an inexperienced criminal defense attorney. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in the field of criminal defense. He practices only as a criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County child pornography case.
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