Marietta Police have arrested a local man, 33-year-old Phillip
Edward Aaron Pruden, on a first-degree felony count of rape, following a
two-day investigation into child sexual abuse.
A statement of facts provided by the police department
relates that police were initially contacted on Friday by Washington County
Children’s Services regarding the rape of an 11-year-old girl by her
Caseworkers related that the victim said her ex-stepfather
had repeatedly performed a variety of sex acts on her, and forced her to
perform sex acts on him. The victim related that all of the incidents took
place at her grandmother’s residence at 852 Greene Street.
The victim said the abuse had gone on for about a year, with
the latest incident in late August.
Police say that last month’s incident
occurred while Pruden was out on bond, awaiting sentencing on a previous sex
Police spoke with the victim’s guardian, who said she had
spoken by telephone with Pruden, who is currently incarcerated. She stated that
Pruden admitted to her that sexual abuse had occurred; that the girl was the
only victim; and that he was sorry.
Investigators obtained a copy of the recorded jail
phone conversation and confirmed that Pruden had acknowledged sex acts with the
Police then spoke with Pruden’s mother on Greene Street, who
told them she had confronted her son during a recent jail visit and he had
admitted to the acts, stating that he “had a problem.”
On Saturday morning, the main investigating officer went to
the Washington County Jail and interviewed Pruden, who admitted to numerous
incidents of sexual contact over a one-year period; that he knew it was wrong;
but he had “a difficult time stopping himself.”
Pruden was then charged with
first-degree felony rape. He's being held on $100,000 bond while serving a six-month sentence on the previous conviction.