Archive for Friday, December 1, 2000

Angry mom takes revenge

Wichitan allegedly tries to get even with friend accused of raping child

December 1, 2000


— In a story ripe for movie-of-the-week status, a 39-year-old Wichita mother decided not to just get mad but to get even with a man accused of raping her 12-year-old daughter.

The mother, a retired police officer whose name was not released, began her saga earlier this month when she asked her daughter if a family friend had ever done anything wrong to her.

That's when, prosecutors allege, she exercised her own form of vigilante justice.

Angered, the mother abducted the friend, a man, and threatened him and his family. In separate incidents, she defecated in his car, and removed him from work and forced him to disrobe in the woods.

She was eventually charged with kidnapping, criminal threat and impersonating an officer. She was jailed for two weeks on $250,000 bond. The mother was freed Wednesday after her bond was reduced to $25,000.

For safety purposes, she remains under house arrest with electronic monitoring.

Meanwhile, Scott D. Phillips, 41, of Wichita, is free on bond and charged with raping the girl four years ago. Neither Phillips nor the mother have entered pleas.

Les Hulnick, the woman's lawyer, agreed to remove all guns from her home. She also was ordered not to have contact with Phillips, Hulnick said, whom she had known for 21 years. Phillips' wife had cared for the girl while the woman worked.

Phillips' attorney, Jeffrey Wicks, declined to comment on the case.

During a hearing Wednesday, a clearer picture of the story developed.

Prosecutors say the woman feared Phillips would escape justice.

She allegedly showed a police badge at his workplace, put him in the car and drove away at high speed.

She allegedly took Phillips to a wooded area and made him strip. Sheriff's deputies arrested her after someone reported seeing a nude man.

"Suffice it to say, some of the behavior in this case is bizarre," Hulnick said Wednesday.

Hulnick said the mother received several commendations for her police service. She received a medical retirement because she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, he says.

The real victim, Hulnick said, is the woman's daughter. Releasing her mother would help the girl through counseling and police questioning.

Hulnick said Phillips told authorities he did not think the woman would carry out her threat and that he saw no gun when confronted.

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