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Pineville couple accused of rape of juvenile

Posted: 2:52 PM, Jun 26, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-26 15:52:20-04

A Pineville woman was recently extradited back to Louisiana after being arrested in Texas for alleged rape charges out of Rapides Parish.

On June 14, 2018, Kelly Dianne Phillips, 41, was brought back to Rapides Parish by transportation deputies and booked into the Rapides Parish Jail on charges of first-degree rape (three counts), sexual battery (10 counts) and indecent behavior with a juvenile (13 counts), according to Captain Tommy Carnline, Spokesman for the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office

The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted in April by Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services in reference to a report of alleged sexual abuse. Deputies responded and took an initial report indicating the alleged sexual abuse occurred over a several year period.  After further investigation, detectives learned the sexual abuse of the victim occurred between the ages of 11 and 17, stated Carnline. Detectives were able to identify the suspects as  Edward Wayne Phillips, 49, and Kelley Phillips. Warrants were obtained for the couple.   

On May 5, 2018, Edward Phillips was arrested at the Rapides Parish Jail where he was already incarcerated for a narcotics arrest the day before. He faces charges of first-degree rape (three counts), sexual battery (10 counts) and indecent behavior with a juvenile (13 counts).

Detectives say Kelly Phillips had already fled to Texas at the time of her husband’s arrest.  

Detectives tracked Kelly Phillips to Magnolia, Texas and contacted the Montgomery County Texas Sheriff’s Department for assistance, according to the spokesman. On May 22, 2018, Kelly Phillips was taken into custody by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies without incident and was held awaiting extradition.

Both suspects remain incarcerated at the time of this release; Edward Wayne Phillips is being held on a $232,500 bond and Kelly Dianne Phillips is being held on a $525,000 bond.  

Sheriff’s Detectives say more charges are possible as their investigation continues.