Durham man charged with 56 counts of sexual exploitation of minor

Philip Stephen Stallings
Philip Stephen Stallings Durham County jail

A Durham man has been charged with 56 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor after a joint investigation by the Durham County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Phillip Stephen Stallings, 40, was arrested Wednesday on 28 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and 28 counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The charges stem from downloaded media of minors involved in sexual activities found on his computer, according to Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman AnnMarie Breen.

The arrest is part of a larger investigation that the Department of Homeland Security is doing on child porn on the internet, Breen said.

Arrest warrants indicate that Stalling duplicated and possessed images of minors performing sex acts.

Stallings has also been served with outstanding warrants for financial card theft and cyberstalking.

Stallings made his first appearance in court on the charges Thursday morning, and a judge set his bail at $500,000 secured.

On his website philipstallings.com, Stallings is described as “a reformed Christian Apologist, Theonomist, Kinist and a former seminary student.” (Capital letters are all his.)

The content on the site includes Stallings discussing his belief that the Earth is flat and indicates he started the Biblical Flat Earth Society. He has 6,000 followers on a related YouTube channel.
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Virginia Bridges covers criminal justice in Orange and Durham counties for The Herald-Sun and The News & Observer. She has worked for newspapers for more than 15 years. In 2017, the N.C. Press Association awarded her first place for beat feature reporting. The N.C. State Bar Association awarded her the 2018 Media & Law Award for Best Series.