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Sheriff: sex offender confesses to sex assault at DOC-operated home, implicates others

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TOWN OF BLOOMING GROVE (WKOW) -- Court records state a registered sex offender told a Dane County Sheriff's detective he sexually assaulted a teenage girl at a home leased to the state department of corrections, and said others assaulted the teen as well.

A search warrant affidavit states 32-year old James Phillips came across "...what appeared to be an 'orgy,' " in a room in the state-operated, emergency offender housing on St. Paul Avenue in the Town of Blooming Grove June 8, and he joined in.

The court document states Phillips and three others sexually assaulted the 17-year old after she had been given ecstasy and marijuana.  "Everyone took at least two turns,"  Phillips said, according to the affidavit.

Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney announced Friday Phillips, fellow sex offenders Stephon Hiler and Reginald Patton, and 18-year old Nathan Thompson of Madison were arrested last week, in connection to the sexual assaults.   The search warrant affidavit was connected to a request to obtain Thompson's DNA.  Criminal charges have yet to be filed against any of the suspects.

A Corrections spokesperson says while the emergency housing has no 24-7 state presence, probation and parole agents make frequent visits, and searches for illegal drugs and other banned items.

Authorities say two of the sex offenders were being electronically monitored by Corrections staff members, and Thompson was also electronically monitored, through Dane County courts.

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