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State trooper cleared of rape allegation

Posted November 2, 2012

— No criminal charges will be filed against a North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper accused of rape, authorities said Thursday.

Trooper Bryan R. Phillips, who is based in Wilmington, was accused of an off-duty sexual assault in July, authorities said.

New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David reviewed the evidence collected by Wilmington police and the State Bureau of Investigation and said he found no evidence of criminal conduct. He cited records of text messages and phone calls that he said show the alleged victim and Phillips had a consensual sexual relationship.

Phillips, who has been with the Highway Patrol for seven years, remains on administrative duty until the Highway Patrol completes an internal investigation.

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  • rescuemom15 Nov 2, 6:52 p.m.

    Please see WWAYTV3 & the Star News Versions of this story. There's more to it than what WRAL has chosen to post.

  • Strawberry Letter 23 Beth Wilson Nov 2, 6:48 p.m.

    I bet women are accused of rape too. If men can rape women, then surely women can rape men.

    Beth

  • ASU Nov 2, 4:53 p.m.

    Google Wilmington NC news and they provide more information.

  • thepeopleschamp Nov 2, 4:44 p.m.

    "Wow, what a surprise! Did anyone expect anything different?"
    fayncmike

    Innocent until proven guilty, except if you are a Trooper, right fayncmike?

  • JAT Nov 2, 4:25 p.m.

    then, arrest the woman for making a false statement.

  • golo1 Nov 2, 4:17 p.m.

    Read the article and know the facts before commenting There were sexual text messages from the accuser after the alleged incident. Also, this "lady" has been done this before in Virginia and was prosecuted! I mean, wow people. You immediately think negatively when it come to Law Enforcement Officers.

  • COPs eye Nov 2, 3:26 p.m.

    A WOMAN, OR YOUNG GIRL ABSOLUTELY HAS THE RIGHT TO SAY "NO" AND MEAN IT. OTHERWISE THE MAN CAN FIND HIMSELF IN SERIOUS TROUBLE. WHEN SHE SAY NO, DO SO MEN AND LEAVE HER ALONE.

    unbunch your drawers...she lied.

  • bombayrunner Nov 2, 3:10 p.m.

    i see how this works, they check and see if she said yes before? I always understood that no is no ; no matter how many times before it was concent. Sex after 'no' is sexual assault.

  • FE Nov 2, 2:59 p.m.

    Additional useful information from the Wilmington newspaper article cited by cattailcabin:

    (Well, I TRIED to post it here...)

  • fayncmike Nov 2, 2:52 p.m.

    State trooper cleared of rape allegation"

    Wow, what a surprise! Did anyone expect anything different?

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