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State trooper investigated on allegation of rape

Posted July 26, 2012

— A North Carolina state trooper has been placed on administrative duty amid an allegation of rape, according to the State Bureau of Investigation.

An SBI spokeswoman confirmed the nature of the allegation Thursday, a day after the highway patrol announced that Trooper Bryan R. Phillips was put on administrative duty while under investigation for possible criminal behavior.

According to highway patrol spokesman Sgt. Jeff Gordon, the patrol received a complaint about alleged crimes committed by Phillips while he was off duty.  He said the highway patrol is conducting an internal investigation.

Phillips, who is based in Wilmington, joined the agency in February 2005, completed patrol school and was officially sworn in on Sept. 15, 2005.

No other information was released.


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  • jjsmith1973 Jul 27, 2012

    @ronnyg0447, Thanks fo for the typing advice I will tell my smart phone to start helping me out with that later. Anyway, you are kidding? I'm not in a rush to judge anyone. Unlike you might think I'm not out to get a cop. My father is a officer. Although, I have seen over the years more ego from these officer and their untouchable attitudes. This has cause a big problem. I would rather never have a cop show up. The only time I have needed them was for an insurance claim. Other then that I will handle whatever comes my way myself. Why would I call a criminal to help protect me from a criminal. This is the first state I have lived in where the Gov. had to get on the air three year ago and tell us how the state troopers weren't all bad because there was so much corruption. The attitude and ego just as Bryan7976 expressed show the mental think of these cops and anyone rejects them they going into a rage. I have seen it several times when off duty they think they are GODS

  • ronnyg0447 Jul 27, 2012

    jjsmith1973 .... It's never to late to go back for those writing lessons.

    Yes. Over the last couple of years the patrol has had a few issues. They're fixing them. You seem to be one of those that rushes to judgement at any opportunity when law enforcement is questioned. I've dealt with the NCSHP for years. They are by far the most professional, ethical, well-trained group of law enforcement professionals I've ever known. If you have personal issues with them, perhaps the problem lies closer to home, not with the NCSHP. When I'm traveling or near home, if there's an issue dealing with traffic or law enforcement there's no one I'd rather see show up than an NCSHP Trooper. The men in grey do a great job protecting the public.

  • jjsmith1973 Jul 27, 2012

    More than one bad Apple. You can't even list the amount of problems this year in 1000 characters on this comment section. People stick up for these bad officer even when wrong. She got the rap kit done same day. Most women that lie wait days before going.

  • foghat001 Jul 27, 2012

    bdaughtry2, you need to stop with the childish remarks about the NCHP

    I wonder if this patrolman is going to go to the media with his side of the story eventually? As it stands, I question the alleged victim's account of events as related by that Wilmington news agency interview with her.

  • lauren329 Jul 27, 2012

    bdaughtry, your remarks are offensive and unwarranted. Shame on you. I have many friends in the highway patrol and my boyfriend has just been accepted to the school. He is a good, Christian man with a heart for helping people. He has spent his childhood and college years with a dream to be a trooper, and all who know him say he deserves it. Apparently, you are not acquainted with many NCSHP troopers. I have met one bad apple in the lot of them personally, and he has since been relieved of his position. You should not make a generalization like that; it's childish.

    watsontv, thank you for your post. It was very insightful and I completely agree with you.

    If he is guilty, he should be punished to the full extent of the law. No one should be exempt from punishment for crimes committed. However, if this woman is lying (and sometimes, we women sadly do), SHE should be prosecuted for defamation. I pray for justice however the cookie crumbles.

  • jjsmith1973 Jul 26, 2012

    Bryan7976 real? Ridiculous. I'm guessing by your statement you are a trooper. Show the attitude that leads to sexual assault and rape withing these organizations and why they aren't found out about because the people to report the crime too is just like you. You put on a uniform and think you can get whatever you want, laughable. Same mentality that makes you rage in anger when rejected by a woman and abuse your position of a servant to the public. Once again people like you point out what is wrong with the system now.

  • La Mangosta Negra Jul 26, 2012

    I don't think this Trooper raped anyone. I agree with the angry girl friend theory. This happens in the military all the time. If the charges are unfounded, the young lady needs to be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

  • bryan7976 Jul 26, 2012

    Hey bdaughtry2, I wonder how many times you were rejected by the NCSHP. It's obvious there is some resentment from you towards the patrol. Come on.....how many times......or did you only apply once and not pass a polygraph test due to being dishonest. Why don't you put your name out and we will check to see how many times you applied. My guess is at least once!!!! Now go away little jealous trooper hater. Go back to your boring 8-5 job where no one notices you and you are safe. I doubt this trooper had to rape this woman. Troopers can get all they want. Even the ugly ones . You could put Don Rickles in a trooper uniform and he would be a stud. Same way with Marine Corp dress blues. I've seen it first hand.

  • danaemory Jul 26, 2012

    "The public doesn't need to know what he was charged with...just that he is being investigated. Once and if he's found guilty...that would be the time to identify the crime."


    Its called public record for a reason. And if there was any doubt in the requested investigation, we would not be hearing about it other than looking at public record. I live in Wilmington, and am glad to know that even if he is found not guilty, that the SHP is investigating and not just dismissing this because it is one of their guys.

  • jjsmith1973 Jul 26, 2012

    I enjoy when this accused rape against the officer story runs people are all forgiving make excesses for them, call it mistakes, etc... look at the other stores that run on about sexual assault and rap in the area the comments are about the death penalty and locking then away forever and they're accused as well, not convicted. People on talking about how this troopers picture shouldn't be up until convicted. Although, people mill the mugshot photos on this site. Also you never hear the comments about photos being posted of the accused if they aren't an officer. Hmmm double standard? I think so.