Simi Valley: Child Crimes Suspect Philip Schwarz Pleads Guilty

price arial, viagra 100mg sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;”>In March of 2014, Simi Valley Police Department Major Crimes Detectives received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) related to one image of child pornography that had been uploaded to a Facebook account. Detectives identified a possible suspect and subsequent search warrants were obtained and served. One of the search warrants was for an email account of the suspect, Phillip Schwarz (03-23-73) of Winnetka, CA. It lead to evidence that revealed Schwarz was actively molesting a family member and creating child pornography by memorializing the molestation acts with digital images. Schwarz was then sharing these images with various people across the United States via email. Schwarz was immediately located and arrested and juvenile family members were taken into protective custody. Ongoing investigation by SVPD Detectives continued through 2015 which resulted in the identification of over 50 child pornography images Schwarz had created and sent to others via his email accounts. 

Follow up investigation was also conducted by SVPD Detectives into the subjects who received these images from Schwarz. SVPD Detectives identified these subjects and criminal cases were initiated in the jurisdictions where they were residing. Cooperation between SVPD Detectives and members of local and federal law enforcement resulted in the arrests of two more subjects in Texas and Maryland. Furthermore, SVPD Detectives were also able to determine that Schwarz’s wife, Brenda Horstmanshof (12-06-79), had emailed Schwarz the initial image of child pornography that he uploaded to his Facebook account, causing this investigation to be initiated. Brenda Horstmanshof was arrested by SVPD Detectives on 08-12-15 and ultimately pled guilty to Distribution/Possession of Child Pornography.

On 09-21-16, Phillip Schwarz pled guilty in the Ventura County Superior Court to numerous charges related to child molestation. On 10-21-16, Schwarz was sentenced to 40 years to life for numerous acts of child molestation.

Crimes of this nature, and the expertise required of the detective assigned to investigate them, led to the Simi Valley Police Department recently adding an investigator position to the Major Crimes Unit in order to focus specifically on internet based crimes against children.

Philip Schwarz

Philip Schwarz


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One Response to Simi Valley: Child Crimes Suspect Philip Schwarz Pleads Guilty

  1. William "Bill" Hicks October 25, 2016 at 9:03 am

    A well done investigation leading to appropriate incarceration.


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