It was reported in June 2018, that Edward Wayne Phillips, 49, and Kelley Dianne Phillips, 41, both of Pineville, LA, were arrested on suspicion of alleged sexual abuse of a child between the ages of 11 and 17 over a several year period. The alleged abuse took place at several locations in Rapides Parish as well as other possible locations.
On March 10, 2020, Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office Detectives received information related to additional allegations of criminal sexual conduct involving juveniles, perpetrated by Edward Wayne Phillips and Kelly Dianne Phillips that go back to 2018.
Through the investigation, which included interviews of the victims at the Rapides Children’s Advocacy Center, sufficient probable cause was established that supported new the allegations. Warrants were granted for Edward’s and Kelly’s arrest.
On Thursday, March 19th, Detectives and members of the U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Task Force took Kelly Phillips into custody without incident on charges of (1) One Count – False Imprisonment, (2) Two Counts – Sexual Battery; Victim Under 13 Years of Age, (2) Two Counts – Indecent Behavior with Juveniles; Victim Under 13 Years of Age and (2) Two Counts – Molestation of A Juvenile; Victim Under 13 Years of Age. She was later booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on the new charges and is currently being held at the Detention Center, in lieu of posting an $80,000.00 bond.
Edward Phillips was also booked and charged with (1) One Count – False Imprisonment, (1) One Count – Sexual Battery; Victim Under 13 Years of Age, (1) One Count – Indecent Behavior with Juveniles; Victim Under 13 Years of Age and (1) One Count – Molestation of A Juvenile; Victim Under 13 Years of Age. At the time of his arrest, Edward was being held at the detention center in lieu of posting bond related to his 2018 charges. Edward’s current bond now totals $390,000.000.
Detectives state their investigation is still ongoing. If anyone has any information relating to this investigation, you are asked to contact the R.P.S.O. Criminal Investigation Division or Crime Stoppers.