The son of a Buckley City Council member charged with sexually abusing a 7-year-old girl now faces charges himself – for trying to bribe the victim’s mother into dropping the charges.
Pierce County prosecutors have charged Travis Reed, 31, with bribing a witness. He is scheduled to be arraigned June 6.
His father, longtime Councilman Randy Reed, 54, pleaded not guilty in September to first-degree child rape and first-degree child molestation.
A week after Randy Reed was charged, his son sent text messages to the victim’s mother offering to pay $200 a month until the girl turned 18 if she would drop the charges, according to charging papers.
That would add up to $12,000.
The victim’s mother “responded to the defendant that she could not, nor would not, drop the charges against his father,” documents state.
She then called Buckley police to report what had happened. Officers made copies of the text messages and served a search warrant on Travis Reed’s cell phone to verify he sent messages at the times recorded on the victim’s mother’s phone.
“All I can say is that’s like a nightmare,” Nancy Reed told KOMO-TV, adding that she stands by her husband and son.
Prosecutors allege Randy Reed inappropriately touched the 7-year-old daughter of a woman he knows over a six-month period and had the girl inappropriately touch him.
Reed told investigators he loved the girl “as much if not more than his own kids,” charging documents state.
Randy Reed, a computer technician, has served on the City Council for 18 years. His term expires Dec. 31, 2013.