Sussex Co. council member takes 5th Amendment

By Mark Fowser 10:45am, July 18, 2013
Vance Phillips
A Sussex County Council member cites his right against self incrimination a number of times in his response to a civil lawsuit alleging that he carried out a pattern of sexual abuse while the plaintiff was 18.

Vance Phillips' attorney Joe Hurley recently spoke with our sister station, Delaware 105.9, and maintains his client is "dying" to tell his story.

But, Hurley says it has to be at the right time.

"Well, it's like a poker player. If a poker player's dumb, he says, 'Here's my hand, now make your bet.' An intelligent poker player doesn't do that, and the stakes are rather high, so it would be a dummy move to go out there like she has," says Hurley.

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Katelynn Dunlap, who is now 20, accuses Phillips of rape, unlawful sexual contact, extortion and other offenses.

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