City of Sacramento Police Department

Chief of Police
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Sacramento, CA  95822-3516

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For Immediate Release No. 20111114-189
Monday, November 14, 2011

To Catch A Predator

The Sacramento Police Department has arrested Phillip Colwell, 52, for multiple charges.

On October 17, 2011, officers received a complaint of a 52-year-old man sending sexually explicit emails, to a 14-year-old child.  The complaint was received by the child's parents. Officers intervened and determined that Colwell had knowledge of the child's age.

Posing as the 14-year-old, detectives continued contact with Colwell and ultimately set up a meeting with the suspect. Officers and detectives followed him as he arrived at the meeting location under the pretense of engaging in sexual activity with a 14-year-old child. Colwell was taken into custody without incident.  Officers found computer files with multiple images of child pornography in his possession.

Phillip Colwell was arrested for unlawful communication with a minor, communicating with a child for the purposes of sexual contact and possession of child pornography.

There may be additional victims of this suspect. The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact the Sexual Assaults Unit at (916) 808-0584 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information.  Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.



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