Sherando teacher charged with assaulting, threatening wife

Phillip-Finfrock

WOODSTOCK – A Frederick County special education teacher accused of abusing his wife and blaming her for their child’s physical handicap was released from jail Friday.

Authorities arrested Phillip Hayden-Young Finfrock on Wednesday on five misdemeanor counts of assault and battery of Lynn Finfrock, and three felony counts — two for possession of a firearm while the subject of a protective order and a single count of extortion.

Phillip Finfrock, 36, of 911 Colley Block Road, Strasburg, was originally held without bond at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. A jail worker said Friday that Finfrock was released that afternoon. He is scheduled to appear in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on May 4. Finfrock also has a court date scheduled for April 6 on a charge of violating a protective order. He has retained Woodstock attorney William Allen III. Allen did not respond to a call or email for comment.

Phillip Finfrock works as a special education teacher at Sherando High School and has been employed in Frederick County Public Schools since 2006, said Steve Edwards, the division’s coordinator of Policy and Communications.

Charging documents on file with the court state that Phillip Finfrock stands accused of assault and battery of his wife on Feb. 9, 13, 18, 19 and 23. Authorities accuse him of extortion or communicating a threat to kill or do bodily injury, a class 6 felony on Feb. 19, and possessing a firearm while the subject of a protective order on Wednesday.

Investigator P.A. Bernd participated in the execution of a search warrant at 911 Colley Block Road.

“In execution of the search warrant, the accused was cooperative in acknowledging that he was subject to a protective order and that he possessed firearms about house,” Bernd states in the criminal complaint filed in the case.

Investigators recovered a Ruger handgun and a Ruger rifle. The protective order was confirmed to be active, Bernd states. A document states that the defendant “says he was in shock about (protective order), no prior warning, he was in shock to get PO served on him. He says brother reached out to him. Defendant was in shock, didn’t realize family was on PO and texted brother asking him what was going on as wife/child were not home. Said after texting should not have contacted brother.”

The following information is taken from a separate criminal complaint filed in the case.

The complaint states Strasburg police Sgt. S.W. Thompson met with Lynn Finfrock on Wednesday regarding domestic violence that occurred at 911 Colley Block Road. Lynn Finfrock said she obtained a protective order on Feb. 24 from the Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Authorities arrested Phillip Finfrock on March 4 on a charge of violating the protective order.

Lynn and Phillip Finfrock married in June 2014, according to the complaint. Lynn Finfrock said that in the latter part of 2013 she and Phillip Finfrock moved into his house at 911 Colley Block Road. Lynn Finfrock said she was pregnant before entering into a relationship with Phillip Finfrock.

It was learned early on in her pregnancy that her child may have cystic fibrosis. According to Lynn Finfrock, this put a strain on the relationship. Phillip’s mother, Virginia, asked Phillip if he wanted to take on this responsibility.

“Lynn provided that both Phillip and his mother, Virginia told Lynn that it was her fault that her child had cystic fibrosis. Lynn said that the verbal abuse escalated into physical abuse in February 2014, when Phillip backhanded her in the face; she provided that Phillip was apologetic and told her that it would never happen again.”

Lynn gave birth to her child in May 2014 and the child was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. The child was hospitalized at 11 months old as a result of cystic fibrosis.

“During this hospitalization Phillip learned that Lynn’s child was responding to treatment, however not rapidly enough, as a result Phillip confronted Lynn and placed his hand over her throat and told Lynn that it was her fault that her child was sick,” the complaint states.

According to Lynn Finfrock, her husband and his mother required her to sign a contract before she could return to Phillip’s home from the hospital. The contract instructed Lynn Finfrock how often she had to have one-on-one time with her husband, her makeup had to cover her bruises and that her husband’s parents would be involved in any decisions regarding her child and her marriage.

Lynn Finfrock said at the time she had a child with cystic fibrosis who couldn’t survive in a shelter, she had no money, no car, no place to live so she signed the contract and returned home with her husband. She said that she decided that this was the way her life would be and as long as her child was safe, she would deal with the verbal and physical abuse.

Lynn Finfrock told the officer that, from May 2015 until February, the verbal abuse was frequent, however the physical abuse was infrequent. In the last several weeks the situation had worsened, according to Lynn Finfrock.

Phillip Finfrock approached her in the morning hours of Feb. 8, grabbed her by the hair and slammed her face against the sink, the complaint states.

Lynn Finfrock stated that her husband was angry for stating that she wanted to take her child out for a while.

On Feb. 8, she stated that she went to see a friend and while at the friend’s house she received a text message from her husband stating that his mother said she needed to take Lynn Finfrock’s keys away. Lynn Finfrock stated that when she arrived home her husband was angry and yelled at her and hit her with the back of his hand, and the ring he was wearing caused a small cut above her left eye.

Lynn Finfrock provided that her husband had a new contract for her to sign that stated that she had to give 24 hours prior notice for any outings, had to sign the car keys in and out, had to note the mileage when leaving and returning, had to schedule all appointments so that someone could accompany her, had to return the debit card to the joint account and had to pay for all their needs.

Lynn Finfrock provided that she did not sign this contract and as a result she was locked out of the house. On Feb. 13, she stated in the complaint that her husband, angered as a result of her not looking at him when he wanted her to, grabbed her by the hair and slammed her forehead into the wall. She said that he held her head against the wall while telling her that she was worthless and didn’t deserve to live.

Lynn Finfrock stated that he would force her to play sexual games called “intruder” and “kidnapper.” During these games he would physically assault her by dragging her from room to room. On Feb. 18, the complaint states he confronted and forced her into participating in one of his games. He grabbed her and threw her up against the kitchen counters, causing severe bruising to her abdomen region, the complaint states. The following day, they had a planned trip while her child was being cared for by his parents. Phillip Finfrock received a phone call from his mother stating that she would no longer watch the child due to the child’s outburst. This angered Phillip Finfrock, the complaint states, and he struck his wife in the back of the head with the butt of a pistol. She described the firearm as a pistol, however could not provide any other details other than the firearm has the serial number scratched off it.

Finally, on Feb. 23, Lynn Finfrock provided that she had inadvertently turned off a video game that her husband was playing that he had not yet saved. She provided in the complaint that he retrieved a hammer and struck her on the left index finger, causing severe pain and swelling.

Lynn Finfrock provided photographs of the injuries described in the complaint, with the exception of the incident on Feb. 19. She stated that the injury was covered by hair and she was unable to photograph it. She also provided copies of text messages between her and her husband. In one, he called her a name and wrote,  “you still think you’re going to come out of this okay and my love you are wrong.”

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com