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Abilene ‘drill instructor’ indicted for sexually abusing children

Emory Dale Phillips

ABILENE, Texas -- A Taylor County grand jury on Thursday indicted a 31-year-old Abilene “drill instructor” for aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with children.

Emory Dale Phillips is accused of sexually abusing a trio of underage girls, including one at a behavioral boot camp where he acted as an instructor.

According to court documents, the boot camp victim reported the abuse to a relative. The victim said it happened at the camp in October 2013 when she was "eight or nine years old."

She said Phillips “cornered her in her room” and told her to pull down her underwear. He then touched her "no-no spot."

Phillips – who was previously featured as one of Abilene’s Wanted Criminals – was out on probation for an injury to a child conviction. In that case, he kicked a young girl in the torso, 11 days after the alleged sexual assault, records show.

Phillips is also facing charges in which he allegedly acted indecently with at least two other children.

Charges against him, according to the grand jury, include:

*- aggravated sexual assault of a child,

*- 2nd count indecency with a child by contact,

*- 3rd count indecency with a child by exposure,

*- indecency with a child,

*- indecency with a child by contact,

*- 2nd count indecency with a child by contact, and

*- 3rd count indecency with a child by exposure.

KTXS will provide additional information as it becomes available.

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