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Man convicted of raping girlfriend's 12-year-old daughter

Patrick Phillips, 45, of Bartlett, was convicted of raping the 12-year-old girl in 2012 while her mother was at work. 

The Shelby County District Attorney’s Office said the incident occurred in November 2012. 

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The victim left a note for her mother a few days later describing the incident. 

The girl said Phillips had offered to “give her a back massage” while her mother was gone, and that Phillips then began sexually abusing her and raped her in a bedroom at their home.

Phillips was convicted of rape of a child and aggravated sexual battery Friday. 

His $25,000 bond was revoked, and he is awaiting sentencing on Oct. 19. Phillips faces a minimum of 25 years in prison without the possibility of parole. 

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