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Man pleads guilty in forcible sex abuse case in St. George

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A man accused of molesting a 14-year-old boy more than a decade ago during a trip to St. George pleaded guilty to the crime on Tuesday.

A man accused of molesting a 14-year-old boy more than a decade ago during a trip to St. George pleaded guilty to the crime on Tuesday.

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ST. GEORGE — A man accused of molesting a 14-year-old boy more than a decade ago during a trip to St. George pleaded guilty to the crime on Tuesday.

Larry Sumner Phillips, 63, of Salt Lake City, pleaded guilty in 5th District Court to two counts of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony. On Jan. 19, 2002, he inappropriately touched a teen boy on at least two occasions, according to court documents.

Ryan Shaum, with the Washington County Attorney's Office, said the case was unique in that the plea negotiations started before charges were filed. Charges were eventually filed in September.

This is the second time Phillips has been convicted of something like this. In 2006 he pleaded no contest to offensive touching, a class B misdemeanor, in Sandy Justice Court.

Outside of court Tuesday, Shaum said his office does not know of any other possible victims.

"If we have other people out there that have been victimized who haven't yet come forward, that could potentially change the entire landscape. To our knowledge, at this point, we don't have that, so we are proceeding on the basis that we have this one victim," he said.

Phillips is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 29. He faces a possible sentence of one to 15 years in prison on each count.