UPDATE: VSP trooper indicted on new charges, rape charge to be presented again
A special prosecutor says a Virginia State Trooper charged with rape and forcible sodomy last month has been indicted on new charges by a Scott County grand jury.
Matthew Morgan Phillips, 28, of Bristol, Virginia was indicted Sept. 7 on one count of abduction and three counts of computer invasion of privacy, according to a statement sent to News 5 by Commonwealth's Attorney Brian Patton.
Patton also noted that the rape and sodomy charges against Phillips stemming from an August grand jury indictment will not be processed but he has announced that he plans to present those charges again to a jury so they can be brought back to court.
Patton said in the statement that his office sought to have the new charges heard first as they were still waiting on evidence related to the rape and sodomy charge, but a Circuit Court judge refused to change the trial schedule. Phillips was scheduled to go on trial for those charges in November.
A statement from Phillips' attorney Tim McAfee sent to News 5 said the trooper wanted the case to proceed to trial so that "he could have the opportunity to prove his innocence, clear his name and restore his reputation."
McAfee also said in the report that Phillips plans to file a civil lawsuit against the person who brought the charges against him.
Phillips is scheduled to appear in court again in Gate City on Jan. 16. VSP spokesperson Corrine Geller said last month that Phillips had been suspended without pay pending the outcome of legal proceedings against the officer.