A Columbus man waited at a school bus stop and offered teen girls $100 to have sex or $20 for hugs, a police detective testified in Recorder’s Court Thursday.
Phillip Foster, 28, pleaded not guilty to one count of child molestation, two counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes, one count of peeping tom and criminal trespassing. Judge Julius Hunter ordered Foster held on bonds totaling $50,000 and bound the charges over to Muscogee Superior Court. If he makes bond, Foster must stay away from Doyle and Urban avenues where the alleged victims live.
Amanda Hogan, a Columbus police detective with the Special Victims Unit which includes sex crimes, said the investigation started on Doyle Avenue after a girl’s father flagged down a probation officer about a man harassing the teen. Police talked to other juveniles who said a man waited for girls at the bus stop and approach them for sex and hugs.
The girls, ages 13 to 15 years old, were interviewed at the Children’s Treehouse. A 13-year-old said the man followed her on the street and tried to kiss her. A second 13-year-old said he followed her and offered $100 to have sex and $20 for hugs. The girl was groped and kissed on the neck.
The 15-year-old said he offered $100 for her and another juvenile girl to have a threesome at an abandoned house.
Hogan was asked whether the alleged action was child molestation.
“He was holding and grabbing her,” the detective said. “She keeps pushing him away.”
The peeping tom and criminal trespassing charges stem from an incident on Oct. 1 on Doyle Avenue. The father of the 15-year-old was outside starting his vehicle about 7:15 a.m. when he noticed Foster looking into his daughter’s bedroom window. He was sitting on a bicycle.
Foster was arrested Wednesday on the charges, Hogan said.