Defendant Patrick Phillips was convicted of rape of a child and aggravated sexual battery following a week-long trial before Criminal Court Judge W. Mark Ward. His $25,000 bond was revoked and he is awaiting sentencing on Oct. 19. Phillips faces a minimum of 25 years in prison without the possibility for parole.
The incident occurred in November of 2012, and a few days later the 12-year-old victim left a note for her mother describing how Phillips had offered to give her a back massage while the mother was away at work.
The girl said in the note, and later in forensic interviews, that Phillips then began sexually abusing her and raped her in a bedroom at their home.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Devon Lepeard and Alyssa Hennig of the DA’s Special Victims Unit which prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.
SVU reviews child-victim cases with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.