CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Public Affairs Office
1100 Cultural Park Blvd
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Date: June 24, 2011
Subject: Cape Coral Police Detectives and FBI Task Force Arrest Cape Man for Violating the “Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act”.
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 31grams 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.”- Lieutenant Tony Sizemore.
Phillip Trott (12-25-61)
3218 Santa Barbara Blvd
Cape Coral, FL 33904
Below is an excerpt from Florida State Statute 847.0135
(3) CERTAIN USES OF COMPUTER SERVICES OR DEVICES PROHIBITED.—Any person who knowingly uses a computer online service, Internet service, local bulletin board service, or any other device capable of electronic data storage or transmission to:
(a) Seduce, solicit, lure, or entice, or attempt to seduce, solicit, lure, or entice, a child or another person believed by the person to be a child, to commit any illegal act described in chapter 794, chapter 800, or chapter 827, or to otherwise engage in any unlawful sexual conduct with a child or with another person believed by the person to be a child
(5) CERTAIN COMPUTER TRANSMISSIONS PROHIBITED.—
(a) A person who:
1. Intentionally masturbates;
2. Intentionally exposes the genitals in a lewd or lascivious manner; or
3. Intentionally commits any other sexual act that does not involve actual physical or sexual contact with the victim, including, but not limited to, sadomasochistic abuse, sexual bestiality, or the simulation of any act involving sexual activity live over a computer online service, Internet service, or local bulletin board service and who knows or should know or has reason to believe that the transmission is viewed on a computer or television monitor by a victim who is less than 16 years of age, commits lewd or lascivious exhibition in violation of this subsection. The fact that an undercover operative or law enforcement officer was involved in the detection and investigation of an offense under this subsection shall not constitute a defense to a prosecution under this subsection.
(b) An offender 18 years of age or older who commits a lewd or lascivious exhibition using a computer commits a felony of the second degree