Alvin Reed – Repeat Sex Offender 73 years old rapes 7 year old girl

A 73-year-old local man was ordered held without bail after having a weight of evidence hearing in Bennington District Court on Friday on charges he sexually assaulted a 7-year-old girl multiple times.

Alvin Reed, of School Street in Bennington pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated sexual assault on a victim under 13 years of age, aggravated repeated sexual assault and lewd and lascivious conduct, all felonies. The two sexual assault charges carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Detective Lawrence Cole, a woman came into the Bennington Police Department on Dec. 11 and said her 7-year-old daughter told her a man nicknamed “Junior” had engaged in sexual contact with her while she was visiting his apartment. The woman told police “Junior” was Reed, the 73-year-old neighbor of the girl’s grandmother.

Cole said he met with the girl on Dec. 15, and said the girl claimed she had many sexual encounters with Reed.

According to Cole, the girl claimed Reed would ask her to sit on his lap and
would then engage in inappropriate conduct. The girl said Reed began engaging in
this conduct when she was 5 years old, and said similar acts had occurred many
times. The girl reportedly claimed that the last such incident was on Nov. 29.

The girl also said Reed would expose himself to her.

According to Cole, the girl claimed Reed had engaged in intercourse with her as well.

Cole said he went to Reed’s residence on that day to speak with Reed. According to Cole, Reed admitted that he had touched the girl inappropriately before. Reed reportedly said the first time was an accident, but said the girl asked him to do so again.

Reed also allegedly admitted to exposing himself to the girl. According to Cole, Reed said that he had engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with the girl, but denied actual intercourse.

According to Cole, Reed told police that he had been expecting them and that
what he had done was “nasty” and “sickening.” Cole said Reed asked him to tell
the girl he was sorry.

Cole said Reed was then placed under arrest.

According to Cole, Reed has a conviction for statutory rape from 1974. Cole said he learned that the victim was Reed’s 15-year-old stepdaughter. Cole said Reed also has convictions for simple assault, breach of the peace, public intoxication, petty larceny and three driving while intoxicated convictions.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

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