EATON — A youth minister who served at a Camden church has changed his plea from “not guilty” to “guilty” of sexual battery.
Kevin Reed, 35, of Eaton, was indicted in the Preble County Common Pleas Court in late May, on one count of sexual battery of a minor for actions which took place in part at the Higher Heights Church of God, according to a Camden police report.
The indictment claimed Reed, on or between July 1, 2013 and Aug. 30, 2013, engaged in “sexual conduct with” a 17-year-old member of the church congregation.
Court documents state Reed had promised the victim “he would divorce his wife and marry her” and he would “be honored to call [her] wife.” Reed allegedly told the victim if she told anyone of their relationship, he had “friends in high places” from his time served as the Mayor of Camden.
At the time of the offense, Reed was working as a youth minister with Higher Heights. According to court documents, the victim regularly attended youth ministry meetings at the church where she met Reed.
The State of Ohio is recommending Reed serve community control sanctions with specific terms, according to the prosecutor’s office. Terms of Reed’s community control include, but are not limited to, “he shall register as a tier-three sex offender pursuant to statute, he will serve jail time of at least 60 days, 3o of which may be avoided by the performance of 200 hours of community service pursuant to the schedule set by the court order of community control officer. The remaining 30 days may be served intermittently. He will obtain at his own expense, a sex offender evaluation and comply with any and all recommendations arising from that. Should he fail to do that and need to be incarcerated to obtain the treatment, he will do that. He shall have no contact with minors of whom he is not related to by blood or marriage pending conclusion of the sex offender treatment, and shall not work as a youth pastor at any interim period of time,” according to the prosecutors.
Reed changed his plea on Wednesday, July 9. A jury trial in the case had been scheduled for Monday, July 14. Sentencing in the case has been scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 1 p.m.