Arrested: ‘Drill instructor’ accused of sexually assaulting child at Abilene boot camp

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – A ‘drill instructor’ accused of sexually assaulting a child at an Abilene boot camp in 2013 has been arrested after being on the run for months.

Emory Phillips, 30, was taken into custody Wednesday for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child and a ‘Motion to Revoke Probation’ warrant for a previous Injury to a Child charge.

Phillips’ arrest came nearly two months after he was featured as one of ‘Abilene’s Wanted Criminals’ on October 25, 2017.

Court documents state police began investigating Phillips in July after an adult came forward and stated a child victim made an outcry that she was sexually assaulted in Abilene in October of 2013.

During a subsequent forensic interview, the documents state this child told police that when she was 8 or 9, “she was sexually assaulted by a ‘drill instructor’ through a behavior boot camp she was participating in.”

This child says the suspect, later identified as Phillips, cornered her in her room, made her undress, and touched her inappropriately, according to the documents. 

The victim couldn’t remember the suspect’s name, but police were able to identify Phillips during the investigation. 

Phillips is now being held in the Taylor County Jail on a $150,000 bond. 

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