Alleged abuser released on $50K bond

Eric Alvin Phillips, a 29-year-old Flint Hill resident who last year served as chief of the Flint Hill Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, appeared in Rappahannock County Circuit Court last Thursday (April 16) to seek his release on bond from the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail.

He is charged with sexually abusing a juvenile with whom he had a custodial or supervisory relationship, and abduction with intent to defile an unidentified underage female. Judge James F. Almand granted a $50,000 secured bond and ordered Phillips to have no contact with the victim or her family and to maintain employment. Phillips’ trial date has not yet been set.

Dominick Cortez Cropp, 28, of Amissville, pleaded guilty in circuit court April 16 to grand larceny in the theft of shotguns from a shed in April of 2013. A related charge was dismissed.

Working with Cropp’s attorney Nancy Kie Williams, Goff recommended a sentence of 3 years in prison, with all time suspended, supervised probation for one year and unsupervised probation for two years. Judge Almand asked for an abbreviated pre-sentence report and postponed sentencing to June 18.

Tamara Estes of Washington, originally indicted on a charge of distributing heroin in December 2013, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. Almand, following Goff’s recommendation, sentenced Estes to six month in jail, all suspended, a $500 fine with $400 suspended and six months of supervised probation.

Moses Turner Jones, 49, of Strasburg, pleaded guilty to a charge of forging a public document. Court records say Jones signed his brother’s name on a summons in 2011; after a motor vehicle department notice of automatic unpaid-summons license suspension was received by his brother, who was unaware of the alleged forgery, State Trooper Phillip Thomas showed his dashboard video to the brother, who identified the driver as Moses Jones.

Jones’s court-appointed attorney acknowledged that his client has a history of minor misdemeanors and not paying child support, “Mr. Jones realizes he make a bad decision and apologizes to the court,” he said. The attorney asked for a one-year suspended sentence and a year of probation.

Based on Goff’s recommendation, Almand sentenced Jones to two years in the penitentiary, with all of it suspended, and two years of supervised probation. He must also seek and obtain employment and pay child support.

Seung Nam Baek, 55, of Annandale, is charged with two counts of forging a public document, after allegedly signing a false name to two traffic-related summonses in March of 2014. A jury trial has been set for June 23.

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