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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After months under investigation, a state trooper accused of sexual assault will not face charges.

In July, a Brunswick County woman claimed the Wilmington-based trooper brutally raped her in his home. Today, the district attorney said the relationship was consensual.

When we spoke with the alleged victim this summer, we did not disclose her name or show her face. Now that the DA says no crime was committed, we feel it is only fair to the trooper that we do identify his accuser.

“In this day and age, it’s no longer a he-said-she-said case,” DA Ben David said. “It’s a he-texted-she-texted case.”

Investigators say Tpr. Bryan Phillips and Audrey Finch exchanged 563 documented text messages and phone calls, many sexually explicit, over four days in July. That’s what led them to determine the couple’s sexual encounter was consensual and not rape.

David says three calls and nine text messages between the two happened after the night Finch claimed the rape happened.

“I will not describe one of the pictures that the victim sent after the alleged assault, but suffice it to say that there was no indication that there was any lack of consent at any time,” David said.

Finch and Phillips met on an online dating site. Finch said the attack happened when she went to Phillips’s Wilmington apartment. After telling Wilmington Police she was raped, the investigation was handed to the SBI and the Conference of District Attorneys, which made the determination that no charges should be filed.

Finch is not happy with the decision.

“Tpr. Bryan Phillips brutally raped me, and I am devastated and outraged he got away with it,” Finch told WWAY today. “From nightmares to fear of men, I am forever tortured, and will never be the same girl again. I have nothing to gain from this.”

David says he also looked into possibly charging Finch for giving false information to law enforcement. He says Finch has been convicted of that crime in Virginia.

Tpr. Phillips remains on administrative duty as Highway Patrol completes an internal investigation.

We tried to call Phillips today for comment, but he did not answer our call.

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  • Audrey Finch DeLude

    I didn’t take a plea

  • Audrey Finch DeLude

    I not only gave them permission to show my face, I picked that picture. I didn’t go there to be raped or have sex. Like I said before if I made this all up and there was even one explicit picture or text after I assault I would have been charged. The only way the text and or pictures were even known about was because I personally handed over my cell without deleting a thing. The trooper refused to turn his phone over to Federal department I worked with. I let them show that picture because that was my way of saying I have no reason to hide my face. It’s weird that all these people here have opinions on something that has zip to do with them. Women are rapped everyday and not one deserves it. Anyone want to know why he lost his job??? Hmmm. If he was innocent and accused of something he didn’t do he should be put back in his old position and should have not only pressed charges on me he should have sued for every penny I have. This comes up when you google my name and after all this time I wouldn’t change a thing. Oh one more thing. Why wouldn’t he do a lie detector???? Why??? I did

  • victims

    I agree. I know he is crooked and dirty! Here in NC you Dont stand a chance against the police. They always get away with breaking the law.

  • Mike8723

    Why still no word on the Internal Investigation. Phillips should be back on the road where he belongs. This has nothing to do with him being a trooper. My understanding is that a Supervisor from outside the Troop is looking to hammer him and transfer to another county. Mr. Phillips get your lawyer, contact the labor department and destroy anyone who tries to ruin your career, including that Supervisor.
    The news should keep us up todate on this issue.

  • Guestreally?

    You set yourelf up for anything when meeting stangers on line and meeting up with them alone for whatever reason, when you don’t give yourself a chance to get to know them. There are alot of crazies out there!

  • Guest2020

    My mother always told me “don’t put in writing what you don’t want the world to know it.” The same goes for electronic transmissions as well.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    1. If you cruise the Internet for a date, all you’re going to encounter are losers.

    2. Avoid fat chicks. Ugly goes away when you turn off the light, but fat hangs around and bugs you all night.

  • Guest12345

    While I don’t know either of these people, I do find David’s conclusions about the case very archaic. It takes us back to the day when people said if you dress like you want it, then you deserve to get it. So what if she exchanged sexually explicit texts and pictures with him. Does that mean that he has the right to have sex with her if she is saying no? David just took away all the things women have fought for in relation to this case. It should have been tried. Period. I used to have respect for him, but I just can’t seem to find that respect now.
    Before any of you get your panties in a bunch, I did not say that either party was guilty. Think about your daughters. If they did that with a boy, then he had sex with her while she said no, what would you do? Say she deserved it.

  • guest8675309

    He wasn’t found guilty so tough, lowered yourself to name calling? The 3rd grade is back that way <<<<<<

  • Rapidash

    Did you even bother to read the article?

    She sent him sexually explicit text messages AFTER he supposedly raped her. Not only that, but she’s been convicted of falsely accusing another man of rape in VA. She’s a proven liar and this trooper is innocent.

    Why don’t you get your facts straight before you go spouting off at the mouth.


    do you think he would have been found guilty, not in this lifetime. Pigs cover for Pigs

  • Grand Ole Party

    Really? Upset because he was cleared? You are such a cupcake. Just because one of them took your wife doesn’t mean they are all bad apples. Man up and learn how to treat a women and maybe the next hag you hook up with won’t dump you. I reckon at your age you are kinda running out of time, maybe you can get a mail order bride or something.

  • Caroline

    No one had to cover for him. Have you followed this story? It was a mutual thing. I think she wanted more out of the relationship than he wanted to give or her husband found out and she lied. I’m glad they showed her face.
    Been waiting to hear the outcome and am thrilled that there are no charges being pressed against him!

  • anne

    Well – the story is out! The paper trail led to her being found to be a liar. Did she not think that the e-mails and texts would not come into play? As the judge from People’s Court says, “say it, forget it; write it, regret it”. Your texts will find you out.

    If all is true that was said, she has ruined this trooper’s reputation, something he cannot get back. Accusations can be made and can be retracted or disproved, but once they are out, the reputation is ruined. It will be interesting to see what happens now. Will he sue her? Will she be charged? If she made unfound accusations, she should be charged.

    It is sad all around. Her name and face are out there, his reputation is ruined, and really, nobody wins.

  • Truth Seeker

    Phillips should sue her immediately!! Even if David does charge her, it will only be a misdemeanor and nothing will come of it.

    Phillips will never be able to work in Law Enforcement the same again. He is ruined whether it was true or not. People will always have doubt and that will ruin the reputation of a cop (even though this non-existent crime had nothing to do with law enforcement).

    This is a sad event initiated by a sad life of a person.

  • guesty

    Why would you take a plea deal unless you know you told a lie? Once a liar, always a liar.

  • Audrey

    I am Audrey and you should get the facts straight before you judge a situation that is frankly none of your business anyway. The charges in Virginia were against my husband for a domestic situation and instead of him being convicted I took a plea to committing a false police report against him. Thank you Also, I did not send any pictures after the assault. If that were true I would have been charged with something.


    Troopers are not compensated, in any way, for using their privately owned cell phones for state business. If they wish to be able to carry a phone at work, they must sign a release stating that they will provide any and all phone records if requested.

  • Mike 8723

    This case has nothing to do with Phillips being a Trooper. This all happened when he was off duty. Why would the Highway Patrol continue with its investigation. Word of advice Mr Phillips, have your lawyer present during any meeting with your superiors. Good luck and keep your head high, we all know from the beginning that this was a BS allegation against you. Also why do Troopers have to use their own private cell phones for State business. Are they compensated???

  • Roger Rivard

    What did that politician say… “Some girls rape easy.”

  • P W Owens

    It is good this Highway Patrolman has been cleared! Wanted to thank WWAY for broadcasting this information, as well as identifying the accuser. I think that was fair and I applaud WWAY for giving the necessary air time to tell the public that he was cleared!

    Also, I do not know either of the parties.

  • Guest5679

    First, I do NOT know either of the parties…..and with that being said….I think WWAY did a great follow up with letting us know that the trooper was cleared….the female definately needs to have some charges filed against her…based on the history the DA said she had done something simular in VA……how many lives will she ruin?

  • Thoughtful Commentary

    Glad to know that as a sexually-active woman who has engaged in consensual sex with many partners, I can never also be raped by any of them.

  • 1SG America

    Well fist off if you are sexually-active who have MANY PARTNER. Well then you sound like a Sl_t. You are not suppose to engage in sexual intercource until MARRIAGE. That is what is wrong with the World today it is a ME society, have we all forgottten what MORALS and Family Values are???? You person and I call all Ladies Ma’am but if you are sleeping with everyone you meet and no Ma’am. And to top it off you are most likely some left leaning Liberal Dem who thinks that their way is all ways right. Sorry to inform you but your not, and HUSSIEN obama STINKS!!!!!

    1SG America

  • ginger_lynn

    Would you send sexually explicit texts and photos AFTER the alleged rape if you WERE IN FACT RAPED? She Did. I wouldn’t ever talk to the guy again.

  • Thoughtful Commentary

    Her name is given in the story, had you bothered to read it.

  • guesty

    Since she tried to run this troopers name in the mud, why ins’t her name released? Since she has a history of making false claims, all men should get fair warning of this crazy woman.

  • You are a pig

    So if you have been flirty with a man and go to his house, you are automatically consenting to sex, and deserve to be raped?

  • GuestVader

    I think justice has been served. Any woman that goes to a man’s home that she does not know after this type e-mails have been exchanged is pretty much on her own and whatever happens unless she is deliberately injured pretty much had it coming.

  • Das Weibstück

    Whole thing sounded off in the beginning. No woman asks a stranger to her home unless she wants something. Why does this man need to go online to get sex dates? Hes cute and employed.

  • GuestVader

    Das…..re-read the story….she went to HIS place, which makes things even more in his favor. But, same difference when the dust settles.

  • SurfCityTom

    and her new Commandant hold true to their prior statements, his best case scenario, after embarrasing himself and the Patrol, will be a transfer far, far to the west.

    Lessons — don’t leave the Patrol Car outside; even Barney knew better than that. Keep the handcuffs and pepperspray out of the scheduled events. Get written consent.

  • Captain Obvious

    Smiley…..WTF..Put that stem down man…you be trippin.
    Glad to see the trooper came out “on top” of the situation.
    Fat girl will think before she tries to set up another Law Dog..
    The courts should charge her..and the Trooper should sue….

  • Off The Cuff

    Now, Mr David, charge her with filling an fictitous police report! She deserves the same scrutiny and public defammation that he went through. I guess she didn’t get what she wanted and tried to make his life a living hell and she did. She deserves to pay for what she did.

    And, no, I am not a guy defending him, but one who has seen the women all over these guys all the time.

  • Guest99

    A “stem” is something used to smoke crack. People use the term “pipe” as in get off the pipe, but a seasoned crack user would use a stem.

  • SurfCityTom

    what a stem is. But you might want to stop sniffing glue or carpet cleaner or whatever has your communication skills on the off position.

  • Wilmington Observer

    You are not from around here, are you?

    Wilmington Observer

  • Guestgingergrant

    …and a grammatical refresher course. “Fist” (sic) off, when you spout gibberish–and do it poorly–you do nothing for your side of an argument.

    A woman could have had sex with one man (or woman) or hundreds, but that doesn’t excuse rape. I don’t think THIS case is a very good example and sets an awful message to bona fide rape victims: don’t report an assault or YOUR reputation will be questioned.

    Instead of questioning someone’s sexual history, how about teaching boys not to rape?

  • cintrek

    As a single woman most of the men I meet are married or serious with someone else. Usually I find out after we’ve been together. I prefer a single man. I’ve been out with many men also, deep believer in God cause I know he loves me.
    The words spewing from your mouth are not the words of God’s love for everyone no matter what. I bet you’re a closet cheater on your spouse. The ones who speak the loudest are usually the ones committing the act.
    If you want change move forward with a positive attitude to make positive changes and let go of your selfish heart and embrace God’s love. Pass it on not your hateful tongue.

  • GuestVader

    I never said it gives a man the right to forcibly rape a woman, but I do believe that in a situation like this, where both were expecting sex to happen, that she certainly contributed to whatever did happen. If you try to break up a fight and get punched in the nose, you put yourself in the position for this to happen and assume responsibility when you make that decision. I personally feel that the majority of so-called “rapes” are nothing more than a disgruntled female who didn’t get something she wanted after the act was over.

  • gingerlynn

    I think if I had been sending sexually explicit texts that they can’t even reprint here and then went to his house I would have an idea what was coming. If he did in fact rape me after I went over there, I would not be sending him sexually explicit photos and text messages AFTER the rape as the detective indicated in the story she did.

  • Audrey Finch DeLude

    I again am Audrey and I’m tired of seeing this every time I google my name. For all of you that have question and or comments give me a call. 910-228-4959. Thanks

  • guesty

    I don’t believe her name was in the story at first, and WWAY added it in but I may be wrong.

    Look at the time of the story at the top of the page:

    Submitted by Marissa Jasek on Thu, 11/01/2012 – 11:59pm.

    And look at the time of my comment:
    Submitted by guesty on Thu, 11/01/2012 – 5:18pm.


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