HUNTSVILLE — Authorities say that on August 30, 2019, a 19-year-old Oneida man — identified as Alton Dean Phillips — forcibly raped a 13-year-old Pioneer girl.
Phillips, who was arrested September 2 and bail set at $100,000, was indicted by a Scott County grand jury last week, charged with rape, statutory rape, and aggravated assault by strangulation.
That indictment was one of several handed down by the grand jury in its September term that involved cases of sexual assault and domestic abuse.
The charges against Phillips are Class B, C and E felonies. The most serious charge, a Class B felony, carries a prison sentence of 8 to 30 years.
According to an affidavit filed by Scott County Sheriff’s Office Detective Abby Duncan, who investigated the case against Phillips, the victim’s sister awoke during the predawn hours of August 30 to discover that her sister was not in her bed, saw Phillips outside their home, and awoke her father. Phillips left the home, but the victim’s father tracked him down on Facebook, according to the warrant.
The investigation was assisted by the Children’s Center of the Cumberlands.
In a separate, but similar, case, a Robbins man — James Walter Gilmore, 53 — was indicted on charges of aggravated rape and aggravated assault by strangulation.
According to a warrant filed on August 5 by Scott County Sheriff’s office Domestic Violence Officer Michelle Sexton, Gilmore made advances on the victim but she refused, saying she was married. The warrant alleged that Gilmore forced himself on the victim while choking her so hard she “could hear her esophagus crunching,” according to the warrant.
Aggravated rape is a Class A felony, carrying a prison sentence of 15 to 60 years.
Among domestic assault cases heard by the grand jury:
Tyson A. Ryan, 46, was indicted on charges of domestic assault, aggravated assault by strangulation and interference with emergency calls, stemming from a May incident in which Ryan allegedly strangled his girlfriend and prevented her from placing 911 calls.
Adam Taylor Rollins, 22, was indicted on five counts of aggravated assault by strangulation, as well as charges of domestic assault and false imprisonment, stemming from an August incident in which Rollins allegedly assaulted his live-in girlfriend. Allegedly, Rollins threw the victim off a porch at their residence, kicked her and slammed her head into the ground, while also strangling her on several occasions over a period of five days.
Herbert Sean Kennedy, 36, was indicted on three counts of aggravated assault by strangulation, as well as charges of domestic assault, vandalism and false imprisonment, stemming from an August incident in which he allegedly assaulted his live-in girlfriend several times over the period of one week by strangling her, slapping her in the face and hitting her repeatedly in the chest, and destroying her cell phone.
Jason Hoyle Goodman, 40, was indicted on three counts of aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated kidnapping and a single count of attempted aggravated assault, stemming from a July incident in which he allegedly assaulted a woman by strangulation, using a metal pipe, a large knife and attempted to bite off her nose.
Dalton Tanner Duncan, 25, was indicted on two counts of domestic assault, stemming from a June incident in which he allegedly assaulted his wife and spit on his infant child.
Among other indictments handed down by the grand jury:
Jill Dean Watters, 48, was indicted for driving on a revoked license, stemming from a December 2018 traffic stop by the Scott County Sheriff’s Office.
Jennifer Nicole Waters-Crabtree, 37, was indicted on charges of of DUI and child abuse and neglect, stemming from a May traffic stop by Oneida Police Department in which she was accused of driving under the influence with a small child in the car.
Edward Britton Robinette, 39, was charged with DUI and possession of a Sch IV controlled substance, stemming from a June 2018 traffic stop by Oneida Police Department in which he was accused of driving under the influence and was allegedly found in possession of Alprazolam.
Dustin Lee Pollitt, 38, was indicted on charges of resisting arrest, assault, disorderly conduct and public intoxication, stemming from a June incident in which he is accused of assaulting another man and woman.
Luther Phillips, 73, was indicted on charges of violating the sex offender registration law and failure to appear, after allegedly failing to register a change of address within 48 hours of moving, as required by the sex offender registration statute, then allegedly failing to show up for a February court date in connection with that charge. Phillips was convicted of statutory rape in 1993.
Paula J. Newport, 45, was indicted on charges of possession of a Schedule II drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of the financial responsibility law and violation of the seatbelt law, stemming from an August 2018 traffic stop by the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, during which she was allegedly found in possession of methamphetamine.
Gary Dean Heath, 58, was indicted on multiple drug possession charges, all stemming from a July 2018 incident in which Heath was allegedly found by agents of the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and 8th Judicial District Drug Task Force in possession of Adipex, Oxycodone, Alprazolam, meth and marijuana.
Ronald Eugene Ellis, 26, was indicted on a single count of theft, stemming from a 2016 incident in which he allegedly stole tool boxes and various tools from a Scott County couple.
Aaron Dwight Crabtree, 37, was indicted on charges of theft, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, stemming from an October 2018 shoplifting incident at Walmart in Oneida, in which Crabtree was accused of stealing merchandise from the store and was found in possession of meth and a meth pipe.
William Edward Conner Jr., 46, was indicted on charges of possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, stemming from an April 2018 incident in which he was allegedly found in possession of Morphine, Hydrocodone, rolling papers and a marijuana grinder.
Nathan Len Brown, 31, was indicted on charges of DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of the registration law and violation of the due care law for drivers, all stemming from a March traffic stop in which Brown was accused of driving under the influence and was allegedly found to be in possession of two drug pipes.
A grand jury indictment is a criminal charge presented to the panel of jurors by a prosecutor. The grand jury returns a true bill when it determines sufficient evidence exists to send the matter to trial, and a no true bill when it determines such evidence does not exist. An indictment is not a criminal conviction, and all persons indicted by the grand jury are considered innocent until they are convicted in court.