Auburn man to serve 25 years in prison for child rape — after 10 years for federal child porn rap

Michael Lee Phillips was sentenced on April 11 to spend 25 years in prison for having dragged a 7-year-old girl from the sales floor of an Auburn Goodwill store in August 2011 and raping her in the store's bathroom.

That is the mandatory minimum for first-degree rape under the predatory sentencing enhancement.

But before Phillips, 47, starts serving that sentence, he must spend 10 years in federal prison for having and distributing child pornography, a rap that was already hanging over his head before he raped the child.

"He must now go serve his time on the federal conviction first before starting this sentence," said King County Prosecutor's Spokesman Ian Goodhew.

A King County jury on March 21 convicted Phillips of first-degree rape of a child.

The King County Prosecutor's Office charged the Auburn man with the crime after investigators tied his DNA to semen and saliva found on the girl's clothing and body following a sexual assault Aug. 23, 2011 in the men's room of the Auburn Goodwill store,

In March 2012, a federal judge ordered Phillips to submit a DNA sample as a condition of his release, and authorities entered it into a federal database as part of his federal plea agreement.

According to court documents, the girl, her father and her younger sister had gone to the Goodwill store in Auburn that day to look for clothing. Her father let her stay in the toy section, while he and her sister wandered to another area of the store.

The girl later told police, according to court documents, that she had been in the toy section looking for clothes for her Barbie dolls when a man grabbed her hand tightly, said, "You shouldn't be alone here," took her into the men's room and kept her there. The man then forced sex acts on her, according to court records.

The girl later described her assailant as a younger white man wearing white Nike tennis shoes, blue jeans and a short-sleeved, white-and-blue-striped shirt. She recalled that the man had a necklace-like cord with an attached badge hanging around his neck. At one point during the assault, the badge flipped over, and the girl saw the word "Goodwill" and a picture on it, court records say.

Store employees gave voluntary DNA swabs and investigators excluded all of them as possible suspects, court records say. But the unknown assailant's DNA profile was entered into a national database.

In January 2012, Phillips was indicted in federal court for possessing and distributing photographs and videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, court records show.

The FBI arrested him in February and charged as a result of an investigation that began in 2008 into people using a file-sharing program to trade child pornography, documents say.

At the time, Phillips was living in Bothell. Agents searched his house in May 2009 after undercover agents downloaded images from Phillips' online account and discovered more than 300,000 pornographic images and videos of children.

Senior DPA Risa Woo, DPA Stephanie Knightlinger and paralegal Holly Gilmore handled the case.

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