Hixson Man Who Was Facing Rape Charges Has Most Counts Dismissed; Gets Suspended Sentence

Thursday, December 12, 2013

A Hixson man facing multiple indictments on alleged sexual offenses dating back to 2007 has had all the charges except one dismissed.

Raymond Phillips pleaded guilty to sexual battery and was given a two-year suspended sentence.

Dismissed were charges of rape of a child, child rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. 

He appeared before Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman.

Phillips, 23, had been charged with raping both a victim who is “mentally defective, mentally incapacitated or physically helpless” and a child under the age of 13, according to indictments. 

Criminal Court records indicate Phillips was still a juvenile at the time of his first arrest for rape, which reportedly occurred Jan. 27, 2008. However, the case was later transferred to Criminal Court where he could be tried as an adult.

In 2009 he was arrested by Chattanooga Police for a variety of felonies authorities say happened during 2007 and 2008.

Those incidents include two counts of child rape and two aggravated sexual batteries – all four of which allegedly occurred during February and March, 2008 – and an aggravated sexual battery authorities said happened in February 2007.

Phillips also was accused of a sexual battery which he allegedly committed on Aug. 27, 2007, according to indictments. 

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