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FBI: 12 year old's mother helps crack child porn case

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JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- An FBI agent says authorities learned a Janesville man was coaxing online, nude photos from a twelve year old Illinois girl, after the girl's mother checked the child's internet use history.

Authorities say 36-year old Matthew Phillips of Janesville was arrested Friday.   FBI agents and other law enforcement officers searched Phillips' Janesville duplex and seized items, after arriving at his address with their guns drawn.

The affidavit of a federal complaint filed against Phillips states Phillips and the Rockton girl met online on Fling.com in August 2014, and Phillips asked her to send him explicit photos of her.  The affidavit states the girl sent the photos.  After the girl revealed to Phillips she was 12, the affidavit states Phillips told her "...to send more pictures because he was turned on."

An Illinois Police official says the girl's mother discovered the girl's sexually related, online communications in October, and contacted Rockton Police.

Wisconsin Department of Justice Crime Victims Service Director Jill Karofsky says viewing your child's internet history is a key component of a parent's safety plan to protect a child from internet predators.

Karofsky and other experts also recommend:  (1) Use your internet server provider's parental controls, and apply filtering software tools; (2) Develop a contract between a parent and child, to set internet use limitations and build trust; (3) Put accounts in your name and know your child's passwords;  (4) Place computers in common areas.

Karofsky says it's important to talk to children about the online environment, and the presence of internet predators.  She says curious children  are no match for the savvy of predators.  "The perpetrators of these offenses will prey on the vulnerability of a twelve year old girl, given them attention. They will coax them, they will give them compliments,"  Karofsky says.

Phillips remains jailed in Dane County after making his initial court appearance on a federal charge.

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