Thursday, April 8, 2010

James Phillip 'Phil' Edwards accused of drugging children, producing child porn

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James Phillip "Phil" Edwards

click to enlarge James Phillip "Phil" Edwards allegedly drugged children with Ambien -- slipping it in soda and ice cream -- to make child porn.
  • James Phillip "Phil" Edwards allegedly drugged children with Ambien -- slipping it in soda and ice cream -- to make child porn.
was indicted -- for a second time -- yesterday for allegedly drugging several children with soda and ice cream laced with sleeping pills to make child pornography.

The feds allege that the 60-year-old Edwards used 13 children in his videos between July 21, 2001, and June 23, 2005.

The 21-count indictment was issued by a federal grand jury and replaces the one issued in October 2009. Five counts of the indictment allege Edwards drugged children with

Ambien, a sleep medication, by slipping it in soda and ice cream.

Prosecutors allege that once the children were unconscious, Edwards

would sexually abuse them and record the abuse.

Edwards is also charged with advertising child pornography over the Internet, attempting to distribute child

pornography over the Internet and possessing child pornography.

Last October, when we first learned about Edwards, he was accused

of drugging young girls with Ambien and photographing them. The photos

were allegedly found in a computer file titled "Consuming the date rape

drug" and "Phil's kindergarten

class ages 4-7, which showed five girls sleeping. There was also a

video of girls being given drinks and ice cream before appearing

unconscious.

In a Kansas City Star story now hidden by a pay wall, Edwards

allegedly told investigators that he didn't see anything wrong with

what he did, and in a videotaped statement admitted giving the sedative

to "multiple minor girls" between the ages of 6 and 12.

"His view is that society places

arbitrary lines (as in age restrictions) around sexual conduct, with

which he doesn't agree," Assistant U.S. Attorney Katharine Fincham

wrote in the motion.

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