LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
On October 8, Phelps’ trial on that charge was continued when the witness failed to appear in court. Phelps was placed on home incarceration and ordered to have no contact with either of the victims in the original case. The next day he was jailed for violating the conditions of that bond. On October 18, he was indicted for bribing a witness and tampering with a witness for allegedly encouraging the witness in that case not to come to court to testify against him.
On November 1, Phelps pled guilty to tampering with a witness and to an “indictment by information” for possessing material depicting a minor in a sexual performance. Commonwealth’s Attorney Jackie Steele said that came from seizure of Phelps’ cell phone which had pictures of underage girls engaging in a sexual act — a felony offense. At the plea hearing, Phelps waived his right to an arraignment on that charge and entered a guilty plea without going before a Laurel grand jury for possible indictment on those charges. He also plead to the tampering with a witness charge, with the sexual abuse charge being dismissed as part of the plea agreement.