Police & Public Safety
Child Molester Gets 34 Years
SACRAMENTO COUNTY- District Attorney Jan Scully announced on February 24th that the Honorable Timothy Frawley sentenced Phil Douglas Reese to 34 years in prison. Last month, Reese was convicted by jury of five counts of child sexual assault charges, including the allegation that he used force and duress to commit these crimes.
Reese was considered to be a good family friend to the victims’ family, where the victim referred to him as her uncle. The molestation began between 2002 and 2003 when the victim was in first grade, and continued through her seventh grade year.
Around the same time he began to molest the victim, Reese was arrested and convicted during an online sexual predator sting conducted by the Sacramento Valley Hi Tech Crimes Task Force operating out of Turlock. This particular sting operation was part of a larger Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force designed to help law enforcement combat internet crimes such as child enticement and child pornography. Reese contacted an online undercover detective who had assumed the role of a thirteen year old girl, and quickly engaged the decoy in sexual discussions. Reese was arrested when he arrived at a prearranged location in order to engage in sexual intercourse with the child.
Reese has two other felony convictions involving or relating to child sexual abuse crimes. In 2008, he was convicted for failure to register as a sex offender in Riverside County. In 2010, he was convicted for possessing child pornography in Yolo County.