#childmolestor | School staffer, youth mentor, musician arrested for molesting child

A Newfield man who has worked at the Ithaca Youth Bureau and New Roots Charter School has been charged with sexual abuse in the first degree, a class D felony, according to Tompkins County District Attorney Matthew Van Houten.

29-year-old Remanu J. Phillips, also known as Remanu Steele and Remanu JP, was arrested by the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office after they investigated “a report of a possible sexual abuse” received on October 16th, 2019.

According to a statement from the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, the complaint had alleged that “an adult was having sexual contact with a person less than eleven (11) years old.”

Phillips was arraigned in Town of Ithaca Court and released by the court. He’s due back in Town of Ithaca Court at a later date.

D.A. Van Houten said he couldn’t discuss the specifics of the case while it’s pending, or comment on the release status of the defendant.

Phillips, whose LinkedIn profile says he graduated from Cornell University in 2012, worked as a program assistant, web developer, and mentor at the Ithaca Youth Bureau in 2015 and 2016, and had worked for the last three years at New Roots Charter School but is reportedly no longer employed there. The principal of the New Roots Charter School has not responded to a request for confirmation that Phillips has worked, but no longer works, at the school. He’s also a musician who has performed as Remanu Panther.

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