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Play choreographer accused of molesting girl will stand trial

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REXBURG –A Firth man charged with a sex crime after allegedly molesting an 11-year-old girl will stand trial.

Jared Reid, 38, pleaded not guilty in Madison County on Monday to one charge of lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor.

A trial has been scheduled for January of 2017.

The victim was in a community play Reid produced and choreographed in Blackfoot six years ago, according to court documents obtained by EastIdahoNews.com.

The girl, who was 11-years-old at the time, told investigators Reid was very “touchy” with her and several of the other girls in the play.

Eventually Reid began to text and call the victim and, according to a probable cause statement, they sent each other nude photos.

During the summer of 2010, Reid is accused of showing up at the home of the girl’s mother in Salem. She said they talked and “Jared kissed her without permission,” according to documents.

“Over time, Mr. Reid began to drive up to (the victim’s) father’s house in Sugar City. She said he would park out back in a field and text her to meet him in his car. (The victim) said Mr. Reid would touch her (inappropriately) and they would perform oral sex on each other,” court documents state.

The victim told investigators this activity happened “at least 20-25 times” and that she felt they were in a relationship.

According to court documents, investigators made contact with Reid at the end of May and he “made several admissions or incriminating statements that collaborated what (the victim) said.”

Court documents did not elaborate on why the victim reported the alleged inappropriate behavior six years later.

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