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Buckley City Councilman pleads guilty to child rape, will have to register as sex offender

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Sep. 13, 2012 at 10:01 am |
September 13, 2012 10:20 am

Buckley City Councilman Randy Reed this morning pleaded guilty to first-degree child rape and indecent liberties and was jailed pending sentencing.

Pierce County prosecutors had accused Reed, 55,  of sexually abusing the 7-year-old daughter of a woman he knows.

Reed will be sentenced Oct. 26.

Deputy prosecutor Tim Lewis said Reed qualifies for a special sentencing alternative because he is a first-time offender. As such, Lewis said he would recommend a sentence of 10 years, 11 months to life in prison with all but 12 months of that minimum sentence suspended. Reed would serve that year in the Pierce County Jail if Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper agrees with the recommendation. It then would be up to the state’s Indeterminate Sentence Review Board to decide whether Reed should be let out or serve more time.

Once released, Reed would be required to register as a sex offender and be on lifelong probation. He also would have to undergo three to five years of treatment under the terms of the recommendation, Lewis said.

Reed, a computer technician by trade, served on the City Council for 18 years prior to his arrest last year when he was granted a leave of absence. That leave expired earlier this year and he had been attending council meetings and committee meetings, city administrator Dave Schmidt said this morning.

Reed tendered his resignation Wednesday, Schmidt said.

The council is likely to accept that resignation at its Sept. 25 meeting and begin the process of replacing Reed, he said.

 

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