Former Wheeling Police Lt. Phil Redford Gets Prison Term For Probation Violation in Ohio County
WHEELING — Former Wheeling police Lt. Phil Redford will serve two years in prison for violating his original plea agreement in his sexual abuse case, after a Thursday ruling by Ohio County Circuit Court Judge Ronald Wilson.
Wilson imposed the sentence after Redford admitted to violating measures spelled out in his previous probation agreement that did not include prison time.
In January, Redford, 43, pleaded guilty to possession of material depicting a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
His relationship with the victim — whom he met while she was a 17-year-old student at The Linsly School, where he served as director of security at the time — apparently began in early 2016.
As part of the original plea agreement, Redford was not allowed to have any contact with the victim, now 18. The victim claims she is Redford’s fiancee.
In court Thursday, Redford admitted to exchanging text messages with the victim and meeting her at two locations in South Carolina and Maryland after entering his plea deal.
He also admitting to contacting the victim with an unregistered cellphone.
Last month, Redford faced new charges of felony gun possession and failing, as a convicted sex offender, to register a cellphone he allegedly used to continue his relationship with the female victim in the original case.
He will appear in Brooke County Circuit Court for a hearing on those two charges, including being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Redford also is expected to enter a guilty plea for failure to register as a sex offender, which includes one year running concurrently with his two-year sentence.
Redford is expected to self-report to prison on Monday. Special Prosecutor Joe Barki said Redford will be placed in protective custody in prison due to his former police work.
He was ordered to have no contact with the victim, including while he is in prison.