NORRISTOWN – A Royersford man has admitted to having inappropriate contact with two girls under the age of 16 who were in his company on separate occasions in Royersford and Upper Providence.
Richard Daniel Reed, 38, of the 200 block of Washington Street, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court to charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and corruption of minors in connection with his contact with a 15-year-old girl and to endangering the welfare of a child and indecent assault in connection with his contact with a 6-year-old girl between 2007 and 2012.
“They were open pleas. What that means is we do not have an agreement with the commonwealth as to what the sentencing will be,” explained defense lawyer Gregory Nester. “I think (the plea) indicates he has accepted responsibility. He saved the victims in both the cases the difficult process of going through trial and testifying in court. His guilty plea saves them that burden.”
Judge Joseph A. Smyth deferred sentencing so that court officials can complete a background investigative report about Reed and so Reed can undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
Reed, who remains in jail without bail pending sentencing, also must be evaluated by the Pennsylvania Sexual Offender Assessment Board, which will determine if he meets criteria under the state’s Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act to be classified as a sexually violent predator. Those classified as predators must report their addresses to state police once they’re paroled.
Reed faces a possible maximum sentence of 19 ½ to 39 years in prison on the charges.
An investigation of Reed began in October 2012 when the mother of a 15-year-old girl reported to Royersford police that she became aware that Reed had sexual contact with her daughter. A subsequent search of phone records uncovered text messages, which were sexual in nature, between Reed and the girl. When interviewed by authorities, the girl revealed a sexual relationship with Reed, according to the arrest affidavit filed by Royersford Police Officer John O’Keefe.
Around the same time, the mother of another girl reported to Upper Providence police that her daughter had disclosed that Reed touched her inappropriately when she was about 6 years old and was in Reed’s company in Upper Providence, according to an arrest affidavit filed by Upper Providence Detective Raymond Bechtel III. The girl subsequently told authorities that Reed’s conduct made her feel “really scared,” according to the arrest affidavit.
Reed allegedly told the girl not to tell her mother about the incident but the girl later confided in her mother, according to the criminal complaint.
Assistant District Attorney Jordan Friter, who leads the district attorney’s sex crimes prosecution unit, is prosecuting the case. Reed’s sentencing date has not yet been scheduled.
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