Parsons man charged with sexual assault

PARSONS — A Tucker County man is behind bars after allegedly having sexual contact with a juvenile.

David Brandon Phillips, 36, of Parsons, is charged with one felony count of second-degree sexual assault and one felony count of soliciting a minor via computer. He is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $35,000 cash or surety bond.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Tucker County Magistrate Court, at approximately 8:30 p.m. on April 11, West Virginia State Police Cpl. J.E. Kopec received a call from a Department of Health and Human Resources employee regarding a sexual assault involving a juvenile and Phillips.

Kopec responded to the home of the alleged victim and spoke with her and her grandmother. When Kopec explained why he was at the home, the alleged victim “broke down and started crying,” and made several comments which alluded “to sexual assault.” The alleged victim confirmed to Kopec that sexual assault had taken place and said “I told him no” and “I told him to stop,” the complaint states.

The alleged victim provided a written statement that said on April 7, she and Phillips met “behind the shoe plant” after a discussion on Facebook Messenger about meeting up and “her giving him oral sex.” The statement goes on to describe multiple sex acts between Phillips and the alleged victim, even though she had requested he stop.

At approximately 7:40 a.m. on April 16, the alleged victim’s grandmother voluntarily dropped off the cell phone of the alleged victim.

On April 20, Kopec spoke with Phillips, who confirmed he met the alleged victim behind the shoe plant and said the alleged victim performed oral sex with him willingly, the complaint states. Phillips added the two had spoke online regarding making arrangements for the alleged encounter.

Phillips said the alleged victim had not told him to stop during the incident and said he believed her to be “around 18 years old,” court documents state.

Kopec filed a search warrant for the Facebook Messenger conversations between Phillips and the alleged victim; however, he found no “incriminating evidence,” according to the complaint.