A Newburgh man was charged and taken into custody for possession of child pornography after an FBI investigation.
Phillip Abell, of Newburgh, was indicted by a grand jury after an FBI investigation resulted in charges of three counts of possession of sexually explicit material involving minors. The indictment was filed on Wednesday, Jan. 29, in the United States District Court Southern District of Indiana Evansville Division.
The indictment alleges that a search of Abell’s home on Thursday, Jan. 23, resulted in the discovery of data storage discs and a custom built desktop computer that contained depictions of a minor or minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The charges come with possible penalties of a 20 year sentence, a $250,000 fine, or supervised release for life.
Abell faced an initial hearing on Thursday, Feb. 6, and was released under the conditions that he be supervised by the court, limit travel, provide a DNA sample, submit to drug testing and other requirements of court supervision.
A trial was set for the case for Monday, April 13, at 9 a.m.