David Wayne Phillips – Repeat Sex Offender – Charged with Rape of Child – and More


A preliminary hearing has been set for a man who faces sexual charges involving two children.

David Wayne Phillips, 43, will appear in General Sessions court on July 31, when he could be bound over to the Bedford County grand jury.

Phillips is charged with rape of a child, two counts of aggravated sexual battery and four violations of the sex offender registry and is being held under a bond of $760,000.

Bedford County investigators had been searching for Phillips since December of last year after he allegedly failed to report in, as he was required to do four times a year as a registered sex offender.

According to Detective Becky Hord, Phillips was added to the offender registry in 2004 for two counts of sexual battery and one count of aggravated sexual battery involving minors that occurred in Marshall County.

Warrants filed by Hord claim that in February of this year while Phillips was working for a local trucking firm, he allegedly allowed a child to ride in the truck.

While the child was in the vehicle, Phillips allegedly committed two sexual acts leading to the charges of rape of a child.

The two counts of aggravated sexual battery stem from alleged incidents involving two children in Shelbyville in which Phillips is charged with touching the pair.

The four counts of violating the sex offender registry are due to his allegedly failing to report changes of living arrangements, providing false information about his whereabouts and violating his residential restrictions by living with two children.

Phillips was picked up in Mississippi on the warrants at the end of March, was held there for nearly a week and then transported to Bedford County, where he made bond.

Phillips then allegedly gave Hord another address in Shelbyville, which the detective said was also false. But then Hord said she got a call from a Bedford County parent who believed that Phillips may have “done something to my children.”

The parent told Hord that Phillips had stayed with the family “and kept my children for me.” Hord also stated that the parent had “no idea” that the children were in any danger.

Hord interviewed the children and learned that Phillips would allegedly take the children for rides in the truck he drove and even rented a hotel room in Shelbyville to stay with the kids, “but nothing happened there,” Hord said.

However, the children did tell Hord about other incidents and the detective said that when Phillips was confronted with the accusations made by the children, he allegedly wrote a three-page confession.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

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