Walmart child molester sentenced 20 years
MAYPEARL- Phillip Wayne Waller, a 39-year-old male from Maypearl, was found guilty of Indecency with a Child by an Ellis County Jury on Wednesday, Nov. 9.
After hearing evidence on punishment, the jury deliberated and returned a verdict assessing Waller’s punishment at the maximum punishment he could receive under Texas law, 20 years confinement in the Texas prison system and a fine of $10,000.
The father of the 7-year-old victim told the court while he was taking his 4-year-old child to the restroom for a period of 3-5 minutes, he left his son in the toy section at the Walmart store in Midlothian, playing with another child customer.
During testimony the father said when he returned to his son he found Waller pressed up behind his son holding his son against his genital area. After a confrontation with the defendant, he ran away. Store employees followed him to his car, gave police descriptions of the defendant and his car, and defendant was detained coming out of the Walmart parking lot.
In written statements provided by Waller to Midlothian Police Department Captain Don Cole, Waller had gone to WalMart “shopping” for a boy. The victim was what he was “shopping for” and he followed the boy around the toy section “bumping” into him from behind.
At punishment, the jury saw the full size, child like dolls the defendant had constructed and dressed as little boys with which he vented his sexual desires and also learned in a fourth written statement given by Waller to Cole of the defendant’s history dating back to 1997 of “bumping” into boys at WalMart stores and other places.
Cole described “Bumping” was Waller’s term for pressing his body against boys and moving up and down.
The Ellis County and District Attorney’s Office thanks the jury for its deliberations and strength in protecting citizens of Ellis County from a predator who preyed on our children for his own sexual wants and the Midlothian Police Department for a job well done.