Man flees sex abuse charges


Hood River News

May 3, 2006

A father and his adult son have been accused of sexually abusing the same young girl.

Local law enforcement officials are asking for public help to locate the father, Ronald Carroll Phillips, 54. He fled the area in March after the child reported the offenses against her. Phillips was last known to be living with his mother on Webb Drive.

“He took off when this thing first came to light. Since he moves around a lot, he could pretty much be anywhere by now,” said Sheriff Detective Gerry Tiffany.

On Friday, Phillips and his son, Jeremiah Eugene Phillips, 27, a Dee Highway resident, were both indicted for the alleged molestation. The elder Phillips faces prosecution on five counts of first-degree sexual abuse.

According to reports, an adult female has also come forward with claims that Phillips sexually assaulted her as a child. She is expected to be a key witness in the pending case.

Jeremiah has been charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse. He is being held in NORCOR on a $50,000 cash bail.

During his investigation into Phillip’s disappearance, Tiffany discovered the subject was also wanted in Columbia County. He had failed to show up in court to answer for a drug charge.

Tiffany said Phillips has a long history of drug crimes and was recently behind bars in NORCOR for possession of a controlled substance.

He said the fugitive has a tattoo on his right arm and another on his shoulder, although no further description was available. Phillips is a Caucasian male who stands about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. He has brown eyes and brown/gray hair but is balding.

“We would really appreciate a call from anyone who knows where he might be hiding out,” said Tiffany, who can be reached at 387-6846. He asks people with information to call the non-emergency dispatch line at 386-2711 in the evening or on the weekend.

Latest stories

Latest video:

Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

Log in to comment

News from our Community Partners