Loris man serving prison sentence charged in sexual assault of two girls

troot@thesunnews.comDecember 24, 2013 

Phillip James Simon

— A 35-year-old Loris man, who is serving an eight year prison sentence, has been charged in connection with two teen girls reporting he sexually assaulted them in 2008 and 2009, according to an Horry County police report.

Phillip James Simon, 35, of Loris was brought from Lieber Correctional Institution to J. Reuben Long Detention Center and booked in at 1:47 p.m. Friday on charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, third-degree criminal sexual conduct and failure to appear, according to jail records.

Simon is being held without bond on the first-degree sexual assault charge, $50,000 on the third-degree sexual assault charge and $155 on the failure to appear charge, according to jail records.

Simon was convicted in July 2009 of manufacturing or distribution of meth and sentenced to eight years in jail and failure to stop for an officer and sentenced to 18 months in prison, according to the S.C. Department of Corrections. Simon is projected to be released in January.

In the police reports filed in October 2012, the victims, ages 14 and 13, told officers that Simon had sexually assaulted them in 2008 and 2009, respectively. The girls did not report that incidents at the time because they said Simon ordered them not to tell anyone what had occurred.

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