|Re: Sheriff Office Volunteer arrested for Custodial Sexual Battery|
|Tuesday, 19 January 2010 09:27|
Sheriff Paul C. May has released the following information:
Case Officer: Detectives Rosemary Farless, Augustine Saucedo, and Bill Suggs
Re: Sheriff Office Volunteer arrested for Custodial Sexual Battery
On January 15, 2010, David Luke Reed was arrested in Putnam County for warrants charging him with 7 counts of Custodial Sexual Battery, 4 counts of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation, 1 count of Lewd and Lascivious Conduct, 2 counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. His bond is set at 4.2 Million Dollars.
Between June of 2009 and July 2009 adult volunteer, David Reed, is accused of engaging in sexual activities with two male Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office Sea Cadets at the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Center. At the time of the incidents the victims were 12 and 15 years of age. The alleged incidents occurred after hours, when the suspect and two victims were alone and unsupervised in the facility with the permission of the youths parents. The initial report from the investigation is that these victims were not forced into sexual acts, but rather the sexual acts are illegal because of the age of the victims (statutory rape).
David Reed began, as a volunteer, in January 2009 with both the Sea Cadet Program and the Search and Rescue Auxiliary. In the Sea Cadet Program he was an adult volunteer with the responsibilities of transporting cadets, class training, and supervision. In the Search and Rescue Auxiliary, his responsibility included building and boat maintenance, search and rescue operations, and boat driving. His status with these programs gave him unrestricted access to the Search and Rescue Facilities.
When he started as a volunteer, David Reed endured a stringent background check and investigation. There were no previous signs that he was a risk to the youths. Reed was known to the department as he served in the Sea Cadet Program from 1999 until 2005. He briefly served with the Orlando National Guard. He was a youth minister for two years with the Dunn's Creek Baptist Church. He worked as an Air Conditioning Technician for two years in Putnam and Okeechobee County areas. At the time of his arrest he was self employed. Reed has no previous criminal history. Reed was terminated from his position as a volunteer on Monday 01/11/2009.
Upon his termination, Reed left the Okeechobee County area to Putnam County, Florida. Since his termination, probable cause was obtained for his arrest and two warrants were obtained. Reed was tracked to a residence in Putnam County by Detective Farless. Detective Farless sought the assistance of Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, who apprehended Reed on 01/15/2009. Reed has been returned to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office and is currently in custody at the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sea Cadet Program is a youth based program similar to Explorers and JROTC offered by the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office. The purpose of the program is to provide orientation, to youths ages 12 to 18 years of age, to the US Navy and US Coast Guard. The program has been in existence since 1993 (16 years) and has been awarded “Top Sea Cadet Program” 6 times since 1996.
The evidence collected so far indicates that there are only two victims in this matter. However, detectives at the Sheriff’s Office are in the process of contacting each family involved with all youth activities to ensure that there were no other victims.
Sheriff Paul C. May said, “As soon as we discovered this problem, we investigated thoroughly and an arrest was made. This man will face our criminal justice system just as anybody else. Our hope and belief is that no other children are involved.”
For any further information, please contact:
Detective Ted Van Deman, Public Information Officer
Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office
504 NW 4th Street
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
(863) 763- 3117
(863) 763- 7157 fax