Wednesday, May 24, 2006
By RAELYNN RICARTE
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.
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