Predator enters escape plea

BY STACI WILSON

A sexually violent predator pleaded guilty Friday in Susquehanna County Court to felony escape charges.

Larry Phillips Jr., 42, Susquehanna, is serving a 11-1/2 to 23-1/2 month jail sentence for corruption of minors in 2003-04 and failed to return to the county lock-up June 20 from his approved furlough for a sexual offender counseling session in Scranton.

Phillips had been assessed as a sexually violent predator in connection with a June 2003 aggravated indecent assault case. He was sentenced to serve five years on the charge. Since his release from prison in 2009, Phillips has been on state supervision and undergoing counseling.

At his April sentencing on the corruption of minors count, President Judge Kenneth Seamans granted Phillips a bi-monthly furlough to continue sexual offender counseling  at Forensic Counseling Associates, in Scranton.

Phillips was picked up June 20 at the Susquehanna County Correctional Facility by his grandmother and was supposed to be transported to and from his appointment by her, returning to the jail by3 p.m.

When he hadn’t returned by3:30 p.m., state police, along with the Susquehanna County Sheriff’s office, began a search in the vicinity of Phillips’ residence.

Police apprehended Phillips hiding near a creek where young children were swimming, located just offCreek Rd.,JacksonTwp.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 16.