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Sycamore man accused of sexual abuse unfit for trial

Published: Monday, May 5, 2014 11:36 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 12:38 a.m. CDT
Larry Phillips, dob 12/4/61, is accused of aggravated criminal sexual abuse

SYCAMORE – A 52-year-old Sycamore man accused of sexually abusing an older woman who lives in his apartment building is not mentally fit to stand trial, a judge ruled Monday.

DeKalb County Associate Judge John McAdams found Larry Phillips, of the 300 block of Grant Street, was unable to assist in his own defense after a short trial Monday morning. That means officials with the Illinois Department of Health and Human Services have up to a year to rehabilitate him, defense attorney Daniel Transier said.

Phillips was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse, criminal sexual abuse, aggravated battery and domestic battery of a woman age 60 or older, court records show. The most serious charge he faces, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, typically is punishable by up to seven years in prison.

When the alleged victim requested an order of protection, she said she had dated Phillips on and off for six or seven months before she rebuffed his attempts to talk with her March 5, 2013, court records show. Later that day, he fondled her while they both were riding on the apartment building elevator, she said in her request for an order of protection.

The charges will remain pending while Phillips receives treatment; the case is next due in court May 22.

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