Marietta man faces felony rape charge

MARIETTA – A Marietta man who was sentenced in August for having sex with a 15-year-old girl has been charged with the rape of an 11-year-old girl that allegedly occurred while he was out on bond on the first sexual charge.

Phillip Edward Aaron Pruden, 33, of 852 Greene St., Apt. 2, was served with the first-degree felony rape charge Saturday at the Washington County Jail where he is serving a six-month jail sentence on a third-degree felony count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

The victim in that case, a 15-year-old female, told investigators she had been involved in a relationship with Pruden and they had engaged in intercourse on three occasions in the summer of 2012.

Pruden faced a maximum of five years in prison on the unlawful sexual conduct charge. His attorney Rolf Baumgartel argued during his Aug. 27 sentencing that Pruden was a good candidate for local incarceration and community control because he was remorseful and suffered from mental disorders.

The second victim recently came forward and said Pruden had been sexually abusing her for approximately a year. She told investigators that the most recent sexual encounter happened in August, while Pruden was out on bond awaiting sentencing on the unlawful sexual conduct charge.

According to jail phone call recordings, Pruden admitted to the 11-year-old’s guardian he had touched the girl inappropriately.

Pruden’s mother, Charlotte Berry, also stated he had admitted to her during a jail visit that he had sexually abused the child.

Pruden allegedly admitted to an officer from the Marietta Police Department he had engaged in numerous sexual encounters with the child beginning last year and continuing until the recent August incident.

According to a statement of facts from the Marietta Police Department, “The defendant stated that he knew doing these things to (the child victim) were wrong but that he had a difficult time stopping himself.”

Pruden, who is scheduled to be released Dec. 25 on the unlawful sexual conduct charge, is being held on a $100,000 bond in the new case. A first-degree felony carries a maximum 11-year prison sentence.