Hickory man admits to soliciting teen online for nude photos

Ralph Phillips
Ralph Phillips Burke County District Attorney’s Office

A Hickory man was sentenced this week to at least a year and seven months in prison for soliciting a Burke County teenager online for nude photos.

Ralph Arnold Phillips, 34, admitted to soliciting a 15-year-old Draughn High School student for the photos in August 2015, prosecutors said. The school is in Valdese.

The student told her principal, who contacted the Burke County Sheriff’s Office.

A sheriff’s detective assumed the girl’s online identity and arranged a meeting at a Hickory fast food restaurant with Phillips for sex acts. Several sheriff’s detectives met Phillips at the restaurant.

“I’m not here to meet a girl,” Phillips told the detectives, according to a news release from the Burke County District Attorney’s Office. “I was going to tell her that this isn’t a good idea for us to meet.”

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