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HOQUIAM TEACHER RELEASED ON BAIL

January 30, 2012

Hoquiam teacher Wesley A. Phillips was released on bail from Grays Harbor County Jail on Friday after his second hearing in District Court.

41 year old Phillips is charged with Communicating with a Minor for Immoral Purposes and Voyeurism. Both charges are Class C Felonies and each count carries a maximum sentence of 5 years.

In documents filed with the Grays Harbor Prosecutor’s Office, Phillips is said to have sent multiple messages to a 12 year old Hoquiam Middle School student, whom he knew was a minor, for immoral purposes. It is also stated that the defendant on multiple accounts viewed another minor for sexual purposes. These are alleged to have occurred since September of last year.

Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers told KXRO that the department received a complaint regarding the teacher and they began their investigation. A warrant was served for 2 computers, one of which was property of the school district. Myers says that both computers will be sent to the Washington State Patrol High Tech Crime Unit in Olympia to be searched.

The third hearing for Phillips is set for February 16th at 1pm in Grays Harbor District Court #1.

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