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October 14, 2013

Phelps arrested for violating bond conditions

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Just one day after his trial was re-scheduled and new bond conditions were set, a former school administrator was jailed for violating those restrictions.

Laurel Circuit Judge Tom Jensen issued the warrant of arrest against 54-year-old Charles Douglas Phelps on Wednesday “for violation of bond conditions instituted on October 8, 2013.” The order of arrest also states that a status hearing on the case is set for October 18.

Phelps was in court on Tuesday for his trial involving alleged sexual abuse of a girl who was 17 years old then.Although the victim was not present for the trial, Phelps was ordered to be under home incarceration from 6:30 p.m. until 6:30 a.m. He was also told not to have any contact with either of the two victims in the original indictment which also involved a girl who was then 14 years old when the incidents occurred in November 2011.

But no officials will comment on the specifics that sent Phelps to jail the day after the new bond conditions were set. Neither the court nor jail records list whether Phelps violated his bond conditions by failing to abide by the home incarceration or by contact with either of the victims in the case.

Officials with Emcon would not confirm or deny whether Phelps signed up for home incarceration.

Records from the Laurel Detention Center list Phelps as being arrested Wednesday on three counts of sexual abuse and two counts of unlawful transaction with a minor. Commonwealth’s Attorney Jackie Steele said that Phelps was jailed on a contempt of court charge and that no new charges have been filed against him. Instead, he was arrested on the warrant issued by Judge  Jensen.

Steele said he could not comment on the ongoing case at this point other than to confirm that no new charges had been filed against Phelps. He also confirmed that the only pending charge against Phelps was Count 5 of the indictment - which involved the 17-year-old because the other four original charges with the 14-year-old had been dismissed.

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