Portsmouth man pleads guilty to child exploitation charges, given 15-year active prison sentence

Isle of Wight

ISLE OF WIGHT, Va. (WAVY) — A Portsmouth man charged with multiple child exploitation charges and sentenced to serve 15 years of active prison time Wednesday.

Officials with the Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office said Phillip Lee Butler, of Portsmouth, was arrested in July 2019 following a “solicitation of child pornography investigation” that developed over several weeks.

Sheriff’s deputies charged Butler with the use of a computer to expose genitals to a minor, use of a computer to solicit a minor to expose genitals, use of a computer to propose a sex act with a minor (3 counts).

Butler was taken before a magistrate and remanded to Western Tidewater Regional Jail on a no-bond status.

On Nov. 25, Butler pleaded guilty to two of the five charges resulting in a total 40-year prison sentence with 25 years suspended, putting his active time to serve at 15 years.

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