Walla Walla man charged with assaulting girls at party

Phillip S. Ingram faces rape, molestation and liquor charges in connection with a New Year's Day party.

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WALLA WALLA -- A man was formally charged Monday in Superior Court with sexually assaulting two girls at his apartment New Year's Day.

Phillip S. Ingram, 18, of 150 S. Wilbur Ave., No. 58, is accused of second-degree rape of a child, third-degree child molestation and furnishing liquor to minors.

Police said Ingram had sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl and sexual contact with a 14-year-old in separate occasions in his bedroom after what is described as an "alcohol-fueled" New Year's Eve party also attended by other teens.

Police were contacted Jan. 3 after the 14-year-old told her mother.

Ingram was arrested Friday morning following an interview by a police detective and booked into the County Jail. This morning, he was ordered released pending further court proceedings.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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