Eudora man convicted of molesting 5-year-old child

photo by: Mike Yoder

The Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th St.

A Eudora man was convicted on Monday of molesting a 5-year-old child and will likely spend 10 years in prison for it.

Philip J. Foster, 19, pleaded no contest to two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and was convicted by Douglas County District Court Judge Paula Martin.

Foster will be required to register as a sex offender for life and, when he completes his presumed prison sentence, remain supervised for life, Martin said.

Under Foster’s plea deal, he and the state agreed to recommend a 61-month prison sentence for each count, running consecutively, appointed defense attorney Michael Clarke said. That would total more than 10 years in prison.

Foster’s sentencing was set for Nov. 2. He remains in jail, and the judge revoked his bond.

Foster engaged in lewd fondling or touching of the child, who was 5 at the time, in Douglas County on two occasions between 2016 and 2017, prosecutor David Melton said.

Foster was arrested and charged with the crimes in October 2017.

Prior to the plea deal, Foster was charged with more numerous and more severe crimes against the same child: two counts of aggravated indecent liberties and two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy, all off-grid — or the most severe level — felony charges.

Foster did not speak during the hearing except answering yes or no to the judge and, at one point, asking whether he would be allowed to talk to his parents again.

Because there will be no trial in the case now that Foster has entered a plea, the judge agreed to allow him to speak to his parents, who had been listed as witnesses in the case and who he was previously not allowed contact with per court order.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has previously denied the Journal-World’s request for Foster’s mugshot.

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