Local News

State trooper investigated for possible crimes

Posted July 25, 2012

— A North Carolina state trooper has been placed on administrative duty amid a probe into possible criminal behavior, Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Jeff Gordon said Wednesday.

The patrol received a complaint about alleged crimes committed by Trooper Bryan R. Phillips, who is based in Wilmington.

The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the alleged crimes, which happened while Phillips was off duty, and the Highway Patrol is conducting its own internal investigation, Gordon said.

Phillips joined the Highway Patrol in February 2005, completed patrol school and was officially sworn in on Sept. 15, 2005.

No other information was released.


This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Jul 30, 2012

    Not above the law. Keep us posted on this story.

  • jjsmith1973 Jul 26, 2012

    Not to mention other news sources already say what he is accused of. He is accused of rape and the woman went to the hospital and had a rap kit done. My guess is since she went and had the kit done. Probably telling the truth.

  • jjsmith1973 Jul 26, 2012

    As for the people that say this is news throwing him under the bus. All the time you see just accused people in the news and people go as far as calling for the death penalty for the average accused citizen. Although when it is an officer they never did it, they are always innocent. We even see that ideal when cops are caught red handed on video. People stick up for them nomatter how much proof against them. If you ever want to commit a crime in this state and get away with it just become a cop. That is what I learned. Yeah you may get caught then but all you get is a paid suspension and will be back to work.

  • jjsmith1973 Jul 26, 2012

    @scubagirl not that I don't agree with that but the post mug shots all the time and those people have yet been convicted.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 26, 2012

    "they should NOT post his pic until convicted" -- Scubagirl

    What about OJ Simpson?

  • Scubagirl Jul 26, 2012

    Oh and for those who haven't looked around at other news sites-many have much more detail on this.

    And I agree-they should NOT post his pic until convicted, and if proven she lied then her pic should be all over the place.

  • Lost and Loaded Jul 26, 2012

    If there is a substantial allegation that someone has committed a serious felony why has he not been arrested and charged? Most suspects would have already been arrested, based on the testimony of a credible witness/victim, without the need for an SBI investigation prior to the arrest. I am not saying that the matter should not be investigated fully - but if someone makes a credible rape claim against another - that's usually all it takes to lock up the suspect while the investigation continues. If you don't have enough evidence against him - why even publish a story about administrative actions that may amount to nothing if he is not prosecuted?

    The story shows two things - uneven handling of law enforcement suspects accused of serious crimes and a rush to publicize a story which may not amount to much, other than to smear a serving officer.

  • thinkb4uspeakplz Jul 26, 2012

    It makes me sick when people generalize the SHP as all bad for the conduct of YES YES YES JUST A FEW BAD APPLES. Of which this trooper is not yet...at least not until it is PROVEN he is guilty. The BAD APPLES are those that just have to judge and condemn BEFORE they know the facts. I am so glad that people like journey985 think that one "entire tree" of bad apples really sticks out in the millions, billions and gazillions of "trees" out there. Cant fix stupidity!!!

  • bubbba Jul 26, 2012

    My gut tells me this guy is innocent. Time to stop posting pics. of innocent people before they are convicted. Its small town news antics. My son is on busted.com for a what amounted for a rolling paper charge. He lost his job and I have to pay $65 to have it removed. WRAL should stop this first and lead the way for other news agencies. If convicted his pic. will make the news anyway.

  • Trekker Jul 26, 2012

    “Thanks WRAL for throwing another cop under the bus before you have the entire story." uncwilm

    Seems to me they need no help from WRAL as they are consistently throwing themselves under the bus.