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Decatur man denies soliciting 13-year-old boy for sex
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Decatur man denies soliciting 13-year-old boy for sex



DECATUR — Phillip M. E. Diggs, 61, told a judge Wednesday he was not guilty of trying to solicit a 13-year-old Decatur boy for sex.

Diggs was arrested by Decatur police on the evening of Aug. 21, the date of the alleged offense, after the child’s 30-year-old mother had filed a complaint.

Giving evidence in Macon County Circuit Court, Patrol Officer Kirstin Davis said the boy had been approached by Diggs as he was walking alone in the 600 block of West Division Street. Questioned by Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott, Davis said Diggs had made an offer of sex to the boy who replied “no thank you, sir,” and then went home and told his mom what had happened.

Davis the woman had dashed outside to see if Diggs was still around and saw him and confronted him about what he had said to her son. A sworn affidavit from Davis quotes Diggs as first replying he didn’t remember saying anything and then making a second sexual solicitation about the boy in front of his mother.

Diggs, in custody and dressed in a jail jumpsuit, turned his head from side to side as the officer was testifying. His defense attorney, Dave Ellison, asked Davis if Diggs appeared to be drunk at the time of his arrest, and she said he did.

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“Besides the statements (of the boy and his mother) were there any other actions or activities … that would show or give some credence that Mr. Diggs would have any intent for these actions to occur?” asked Ellison, referring to the solicitation for sex.

“Not to my knowledge,” Davis replied.

Judge James Coryell found probable cause to try Diggs and scheduled the case for a pretrial hearing Nov. 4. A check of Macon County Jail records showed that Diggs remained in custody Wednesday night with bail set at $30,000, meaning he must post $3,000 to be released.

Mug shots from the Herald & Review 

Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


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