Local soldier pleads guilty to sex crimes
By Staff Reports
Jul 22, 2013, 14:51
A Fort Lee soldier pleaded guilty to sex crimes July 16 in Spotsylvania County.
Cpl. Phillip Steven Locker, 27, of Petersburg, was charged with attempted indecent liberties, a Class 6 felony, and electronic solicitation, also a felony. A Class 6 felony could mean up to 5 years in prison.
His sentencing is set for Sept. 23.
The offense happened July 2, 2012, according to online court records.
Locker, a shower, laundry and clothing repair specialist assigned to the 108th Quartermaster Company, 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion at Fort Lee, was indicted by a grand jury on April 15 and arrested April 19.
A special unit of the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office spent months quietly working to identify ”internet predators who were stalking children in web chat rooms and other sites for the purpose of luring the victims into lewd encounters and worse,” according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office after his arrest.
Detectives have brought charges against seven suspects and plan to charge others with crimes ranging from distribution of child pornography to felony use of a communication device to commit certain offenses.
The Sheriff’s Office said their charges are related to their online actions aimed at who they thought were underage children in Spotsylvania County.