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Harrisburg, PA

Jay Eugene Reed, age 58, of Three Springs, Pennsylvania was sentenced on October 30, 2018, by United States District Court Judge Yvette Kane to 70 years’ imprisonment followed by a lifetime term of supervised release for exploitation of minors.

United States Attorney David J. Freed says Pennsylvania State Police initially charged Reed in July 2015 with rape and sexual assault charges relating to a number of minors.  During the investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police seized a cell phone, a computer, and other electronic devices belonging to Reed from his residence.

In February 2017 Reed pleaded guilty to all counts of the September 2015 federal indictment and admitted to both producing and possessing images of child pornography that were found on several of the seized devices also pleading guilty to obstruction of justice for the letters he wrote to a minor victim and a family member asking that they not talk about what he had done.

In their pre-sentencing memorandum the defense offered testimony from defense expert Dr. Joseph Silverman, a psychiatrist. Dr. Silverman opined dementia, sleep apnea or brain dysfunction may have caused Reed to rape and molest the four minor victims when they were between the ages of 9 and 13, photograph their naked genitals approximately 200 times, collect 300 pornographic images of prepubescent children from the internet and then write letters trying to convince the witnesses not to talk about what he did. Judge Kane rejected the defense’s request to impose only the mandatory minimum of 15 years, describing Dr. Silverman’s testimony as “fanciful” and “not based in science.”

Reed also pleaded guilty to three counts of rape in the Court of Common Pleas of Huntingdon County on May 4, 2018 and sentencing is pending in that case.