A Texas woman has been accused by police of having sex with her nephew “hundreds of times.” Peggy Phillips, 43, of Deer Park, Texas, is facing charges of sexual assault of a child. She has been held on a $30,000 bond in the town of Pasadena. The police in that town say the abuse happened between 2007 and 2009 when the child was 15 and 16 years old. Authorities have not said why charges have only been brought against Phillips in 2015. She was arrested on December 4.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Cops Say the First Sexual Assault Happened When Her Nephew Was in a Hospital
Her nephew first made contact with police in Pasadena in July 2015, reports the Houston Chronicle. He told cops that shortly after he moved in with Phillips he had to go to a hospital for an unknown reason. The nephew says that during that stay she “crawled into his bed and touched him inappropriately.”
2. In Response to Her Arrest, Phillips Posted a Biblical Meme to Her Facebook Page
In response to her arrest, Phillips posted a biblical meme to her Facebook page that reads, “Lord, I bring you my burdens and you know my situation. You know I can’t make it without you. Comfort my heart, give me strength, & help me carry on.” According to her Facebook, she lives in Deer Park, Texas, and is originally from Pasadena. She attended high school there and went to her 25th year reunion in October 2015. On the Facebook page for the reunion, she joked that she would be wearing “Daisy Dukes” to the party.
3. Her Nephew Had Been Living With Phillips to Get Out of ‘a Bad Situation in South Carolina’
The alleged victim moved to Pasadena, Texas, to live with his uncle in order to get out of “a bad situation in South Carolina,” reports KHOU. That was between 2007 and 2009. The sex between the pair occurred inside of the home where he was living, according to cops. In addition to the physical acts, she also allegedly texted him explicit photos via text message.
4. She Is No Longer Married to Her Nephew’s Uncle
The Houston Chronicle reports that Phillips, who was not the victim’s blood relative, is now divorced from her accuser’s uncle. The nephew told cops that she was flirtatious with him from almost as soon as he moved in, causing tension in the home.
5. First Degree Sexual Assault Convictions in Texas Can Carry a Sentence of 99 Years in Prison
Texas state law indicates that a person who is found guilty of sexual assault against a child could face up to 99 years in prison. That penalty requires a conviction of first-degree sexual assault.