Three charges against teacher are dropped
WOODSTOCK — Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Louis Campola filed a motion Thursday to drop three of the eight charges against Phillip Finfrock, 36, of Strasburg, the Frederick County special education teacher accused of abusing his wife and blaming her for her child’s physical disability.
The two charges of possessing a weapon while a protective order is in effect — stemming from an executed search warrant where a Ruger handgun and rifle were found at Finfrock’s home — were dropped along with the charge of writing threats of bodily injury relating to text messages he allegedly sent to his wife. In one of the messages, according to the complaint, Finfrock told his wife that she would not “come out of this okay.” Campola declined to comment on why the charges were dropped.
Finfrock is still facing five charges of assault and battery against a family member. The criminal complaint details his wife’s account of the verbal and physical abuse she says occurred throughout their relationship from the latter part of 2013 to February 2017 when she obtained a protective order against him. Finfrock was charged with violating that protective order in March, and has been out on bond since then.
According to the criminal complaint, Finfrock’s wife gave birth to her child with cystic fibrosis in May 2014. Before she could return home from the hospital, she had to sign a contract detailing how often she would spend time with Finfrock, the complaint states. The complaint also says the contract required Finfrock’s parents’ involvement in decisions regarding their marriage and her child, and instructed her to cover her bruises with makeup. She also stated in the complaint that she has photographs of the various injuries she received over the years.
The trial is set for Aug. 10. If convicted, Finfrock would face no more than one year in jail for each charge.
Contact staff writer Briahnna Brown at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or firstname.lastname@example.org