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Son of Buckley councilman pleads guilty to tampering with a witness in father’s child-rape case

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on July 31, 2012 at 9:23 am with 11 Comments »
July 31, 2012 9:23 am

The son of a Buckley city councilman has pleaded guilty to tampering with a witness in the first-degree child rape case against his father.

Travis Reed, 31, entered the plea July 19. Pierce County Superior Court Judge John McCarthy sentenced him to six months of community custody and ordered him not to have contact with the victim.

Reed acknowledged sending a text message to the victim’s mother last year offering to pay $200 a month until the girl turned 18 if she would drop charges against his father, Randy Reed.

The woman reported him to Buckley police.

Randy Reed pleaded not guilty in September to charges he sexually abused a 7-year-old girl. He has served on the City Council for 18 years and his term expires Dec. 31, 2013.

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  1. Homeowner46 says:

    Randy Reed needs to spend a long time in prison – as a councilman, he took advantage of public trust making his crime more ghastly. Clearly he taught his son the value of being “above the law” – Travis Reed evidently has no moral compass, like his lowlife father.

  2. Pierce county politics, you can’t make it up. If its not the politicians, it’s their kids or wives.
    Maybe the auditor should tart publishing candidates family bios in the next voters pamphlet.
    Gropers, illiterates, psychotics, stoners, today’s leaders. The GIPS.

  3. pillowpants says:

    I know Travis, he is not lacking a moral compass. People can make big mistakes. Its being human. Judgements will be made by the law that is involved.

  4. janemckane says:

    um…he tried to BRIBE a victim’s mother to not press charges. We are talking about a 7 year old girl. That does not seem like a one-time mistake to me, especially if what you are trying to accomplish is dismissing charges of child molestation.
    Homeowner46 is entirely correct in their assessment of your buddy’s morality, whether you are friends or not.

  5. justmyopinion01 says:

    I agree…offering money to a the mother of a 7 year old girl who was sexually assaulted to hush her up…that is epitome of lacking a moral compass. Of course you can hate what is happening to your family and wish it wasn’t so, that your father didnt do this horrible thing, that’s human. Denial is human. Trying to deny justice to a child who was irreversibly damaged? Not human. Offensive and disgusting.

  6. Another harsh sentence from the Justice System we are required to endure.

  7. SJ_Gaston says:

    Excuse me, but Travis happens to be a dear friend of mine, and no, he does NOT lack a moral compass. He did make a mistake, IF it even happened. This “mother” (and I use the term loosely), also happens to be a known liar, and is doing everything she can to destroy this family for her own ends. So maybe you should get the facts before you start talking about my friend like that.

  8. SJ_Gaston says:

    Besides, he felt that he had no choice but to plead guilty, so he could avoid the effects of a trial and harsher punishments from a jury that would be as ignorant as you.

  9. janemckane says:

    Oh yes, you’re right of course. Perhaps we should ignore those who try to bribe victims and and ignore sexually abused 7 year olds, and give all of the consideration to your dear dear friend. Your “friend” lacks a moral compass in that he didn’t want to let his father’s chips fall where they may.

    How many more children do you think may have been sexually abuse by your friend’s father if your friend had succeeding with his bribe? I’m all for due process, but THAT is for the courts to decide.

  10. Hmmm. Confusing. Perhaps he felt he had not choice but to plead guilty since his text was there for the investigators to see?

    Meanwhile, everyone here is ignorant and trying to get your dear friend put away, while you are simply trying to set the record straight by pointing out that the woman is a known liar & not much of a mother?

    And your dear friend didn’t do anything so, we can conclude from your comments that this newspaper is wrong when they reported this:
    Reed acknowledged sending a text message to the victim’s mother last year
    offering to pay $200 a month until the girl turned 18 if she would drop charges
    against his father, Randy Reed.

  11. Whatever1214 says:

    A mistake is when you pick up pinto beans instead of Lima beans at the store. Lack of a moral compass is when you attempt to bribe someone to drop charges against your father involving molesting a child.

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