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Sex offender tried for defrauding woman
February 13, 2014, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

A sex registrant living with a demented 66-year-old Menlo Park woman took out thousands of dollars of loans in her name while leaving her with life-threatening blood sugar levels because he hadn’t purchased needed insulin for a month, according to prosecutors.

Darryl Keith Phillips, 51, had also opened investment accounts in the woman’s name and was preparing documents to take out a $150,000 loan on her home, prosecutors said.

Phillips has pleaded not guilty to the allegations and will start a jury trial Tuesday on charges of elder abuse, falsifying documents and resisting arrest. Phillips, a three-strikes defendant facing 25 years to life in prison if convicted, is representing himself.

Menlo Park police arrested Phillips in August 2012 after the woman’s daughters grew concerned he was denying her medication for her severe diabetes and high blood pressure. Phillips reportedly refused to let officers and adult protective service workers into the home, claiming he had her power of attorney, but authorities returned the following day. Paramedics with them determined the woman had life-threatening blood sugar and blood pressure levels and that she was mentally impaired. The woman was hospitalized.

Future investigation by police and adult services found that Phillips allegedly had not bought insulin for several months and forged her signatures on loan documents for the amount of $57,000 and $30,000 and to pen investment accounts in her name.

Phillips met the woman in downtown Menlo Park and she invited the polite, but down-on-his luck, man to move in, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Phillips is a three-striker because of 1984 convictions for forcible rape, oral copulation and sodomy. He sought a new trial claiming he was under the influence of cocaine when testifying but was denied and sentenced to 11 years.

Although prosecutors have discretion on seeking a third strike, Wagstaffe said its use is warranted in this case.

“The forcible sexual offense and his now taking advantage of an elderly woman like this warrants his being kept away from society for a very long time,” Wagstaffe said.

Phillips is being held on $500,000 bail.

(650) 344-5200 ext. 102



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