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Redford sentenced to prison for parole violation

Former Wheeling Police Officer Phil Redford was sentenced to 2 years in prison on Thursday for a probation violation.

Former Wheeling Police Officer Phil Redford was sentenced to 2 years in prison on Thursday for a probation violation.

Redford, who was given that probation after he pled guilty to a felony possessing and exhibiting material depicting a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct in January, admitted Thursday he has spent time with the victim and spoke to her via “secret” cell phone.

In fact, he said he and the victim, who is now his fiance, spent the night in a hotel in Maryland, and also vacationed in Hilton Head recently.

Redford will also enter a guilty plea to failure to register as a sex offender. The court will dismiss the felon in possession of a firearm charge.

In court Thursday, visiting Judge Ronald Wilson from Brooke and Hancock counties said he has concerns with a former law enforcement officer going to prison, but Special Prosecutor Joe Barki and his defense say Redford will be put in protective custody in jail.

Redford will report to jail Monday, June 12 to serve his 2 years. He will not be able to have contact with the victim.

The victim was in court accompanied by Redford's family.

"I anticipate at some point we will have another hearing in this matter based upon a petition filed by the victim seeking to have contact with him, but at this time, provisions aren't in place while he's incarcerated and he's locked up and that's the added protection for the victim at this time,” Barki said.

The case stems from Redford’s relationship with a teenage girl while working as a private school security officer at Linsly. She was a student at the school.

He admitted to showing another man a nude photo of the victim in May 2016, while she was just 17 years old.

On the most recent charges, Redford turned himself in on May 17 after much of this case was uncovered when the victim crashed Redford's car in Ohio County.


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