Billerica man indicted on sexual exploitation charges

A Billerica man was indicted on sexual exploitation charges in U.S. District Court in Boston

Philip Toronto, 43, faces two counts of sexual exploitation of children, as reported by

Toronto was arrested in February following an investigation into his activities by the U.S. Postal Service police and Massachusetts State police.

According to court documents, investigators were led to Toronto after Massachusetts State police received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding a Skype user who had uploaded suspected images of child porn to the internet site in October of 2016.

Investigators subsequently subpoenaed Verizon for account information associated with with the Skype account, which led them to Toronto.

When questioned, Toronto initially denied involvement with child porn or child abuse but later admitted to investigators that he had been responsible for the images uploaded to Skype, the documents say.

Investigators also found images of child pornography on Toronto’s computer and cell phone.

An arraignment hearing for Toronto is set for Oct. 19 in U.S. District Court in Boston.

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