Registered Sex Offender Violation



By Chief Patrick Burton
Licking Police Department

After conducting a short-term investigation, with the assistance of the Texas County Sheriff’s Department, Phillip D. Giller was arrested on February 6, 2020 for failing to properly register as a sexual offender in Texas County as required by all tier 3 registered sex offenders.
During the course of the investigation, Licking Officers discovered Giller is currently being charged with and was out on bond for another Failure to Register as Sex Offender and Felony Stealing charges in Texas County (Case # 19TE-CR01169) and he was released from the Texas County Jail on January 31, 2020. It was discovered Giller had registered in Texas County as a Registered Sex Offender, when released from jail, but provided a nonexistent address as the location he would be residing. Further investigation revealed Giller indicated on three separate documents he was residing at a residence located at 205 Maple Crest, Apartment #54, in Licking which was not the address Giller provided when registering as a sex offender.
Licking officers conducted additional patrols in the area of the Maple Crest residence between February 3, 2020 and February 6, 2020, where they documented Giller’s vehicle being parked at the Maple Crest residence daily. On February 6, 2020, at approximately 6:41 P.M., Giller’s vehicle was observed parked adjacent to the Maple Crest residence. Officers approached the residence and knocked on the door. Giller opened the door and invited the Licking Officers inside. Once inside the one-bedroom apartment Giller was advised he was under arrest and later transported to the Texas County Jail. A formal interview was conducted and Giller admitted to sleeping the entire night or at least partial night, every night since he was released from jail on January 31, 2020, at his mother’s residence, located at 205 Maple Crest #54. Furthermore, Giller provided an invalid address to the Texas County Sheriff’s Department for the sex offender registry.
A Probable Cause Statement seeking the charge of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender-589.400-425 Underlying Offense Unclassified Felony Per RSMO 566 - A/B Felony of Felony Involving Child < 14 has been sent to the Texas County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. The violation is a Class D Felony and is punishable by up to seven years in prison.
The above information is just mere accusations and is not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of any charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence. 

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