REXBURG – A Firth man has been charged with a second sex crime after allegedly molesting a then-11-year-old girl he met during play practice seven years ago.
A new case was filed this week against Jared Reid, 38, alleging sexual abuse of a child. The new charge comes nearly a year after Reid was first arrested on a lewd and lascivious conduct charge in June.
The more recent charge involved the same then-11-year-old victim, according to court records, just is a different situation. Court records show about seven years ago Reid produced and choreographed a community play in Blackfoot. It was during the production of that play that Reid came to know the victim.
The girl 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 their communication evolved to the point of sending nude photos to one another. During the summer of 2010, Reid is said to have showed up at the home of the victim’s mother in Salem. The victim told investigators she and Reid talked and he then kissed her without permission, court records show.
“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,” A police report shows. ” (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 to 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 2016 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.
The new charge against Reid was filed April 12. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing later this month.
Adam Forsgren, EastIdahoNews.com