Mill Creek man sentenced to 22 years in child porn case

MILL CREEK, Wash. -- A Mill Creek man was sentenced to more than two decades in prison Thursday for producing child pornography.

Phillip Steven Allen, 58, first came to the attention of law enforcement in 2010 when his email address was found in the home of an Indiana man under investigation for distributing child porn.

As that investigation unfolded, police found evidence that the Indiana man had emailed child porn to Allen, according to U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan.

In July 2011, agents searched Allen's Mill Creek home and found pornographic photos of young children on a computer and two external hard drives. Prosecutors say the children were related to Allen.

The same images were found in three separate child porn investigations across the country.

Allen pleaded guilty last December and was sentenced Thursday to 22 years in prison and lifetime supervised release. At his sentencing, U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones told Allen he violated the trust of the young victims.

"It is hard to imagine more depraved conduct, which will haunt these young children for years to come. This defendant has fully earned this 22 year prison term," Durkan said.