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1:05 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Medical and Financial Records, Kept Under Wraps in Vance Phillips Case

Sussex County Council member Vance Phillips
Sussex County Council member Vance Phillips
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There will be no public disclosure of medical or financial documents in the sexual assault case brought against Sussex County Council member Vance Phillips by Katelynn Dunlap who is seeking unspecified damages.

The judge in the case has ordered her attorneys to keep those confidential including one that shows he was a crime victim.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that  her attorney argued that the secrecy was unnecessary for a personal injury case and charged that this was an effort to silence her or make the litigation more difficult. 

Dunlap is a former Republican party campaign staffer.

And she filed a 17 page lawsuit against Phillips in May describing him as a sexual predator as well as accusing him of rape and assault among other charges.

The suit alleges that Phillips forced sex on several occasion including an instance in which she claims she was bound, blindfolded and whipped.

She was 18 at the time.

Phillips has denied the accusations and accuses Dunlap of waging a campaign to embarrass him.