Play choreographer sentenced for molesting 11-year-old girl

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REXBURG — A Firth man was sentenced Wednesday for molesting a then-11-year-old girl he met during play practice over seven years ago.

Judge Dane Watkins sentenced Jared Reid to a prison term of 2 years fixed and 14 years indeterminate; however, the court retained jurisdiction and sent Reid on a rider. A rider is a rehabilitation program that can last anywhere from six months to a year. If Reid doesn’t meet the requirements of the program he will be sent to prison.

Reid must also pay a $1,000 fine and $5,000 in victim compensation.

Reid, 38, was originally charged with one count of lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor. Months later, an additional charge of sexual abuse of a child was filed which involved the same victim in a different scenario.

Court records show Reid choreographed and produced a community play in Blackfoot seven years ago. He was introduced to the victim through the play.

The victim told investigators that Reid was very “touchy” with her and several other girls involved in the production.

Reid began to text and call the victim. Reid and the victim began sending nude photos to each other, according to court documents, and in the summer of 2010, Reid went to the home of the victim’s mother in Salem. The victim told investigators she and Reid talked and he then kissed her without permission.

Events like this happened “at least 20 to 25 times,” according to court records, and the victim felt they were in a relationship.

“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.

Reports show investigators made contact with Reid at the end of May 2016 and he “made several admissions or incriminating statements that corroborated what (the victim) said.”