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FORMER HOQUIAM TEACHER PLEADS GUILTY

March 29, 2012

Former Hoquiam teacher Wesley A Phillips plead guilty to 2 counts of Communicating with a Minor for Immoral Purposes this week after sending sexually inappropriate messages to 12 year old Hoquiam Middle School students. The charge was dropped from a class C felony to a gross misdemeanor as part of his guilty plea.

Grays Harbor Deputy Prosecutor Katie Svoboda tells KXRO that Phillips was sentenced to 364 days in jail, but will only serve 30 days at Grays Harbor County Jail pending his successful completion of 2 years probation. Phillips will also surrender his teaching license, attend sexual deviancy treatment, and will have to register as a sex offender for the next 10 years.

Class C felonies carry a 10 year registration for sex offenders, while Class A felonies require indefinite or lifetime registration.

Svoboda says that 2 computers seized by Hoquiam Police and sent to the Washington State Patrol to be searched did not return any new evidence.

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