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Randy Reed pleads guilty to first-degree rape of a child | Buckley

Buckley’s Randy Reed now awaits sentencing, having offered a guilty plea last week to charges of first-degree rape of a child and indecent liberties.

Reed, 55, offered the guilty plea Thursday, one day after resigning from his post on the Buckley City Council. He served on the council for the better part of two decades and had recently returned to council and committee meetings; he had been granted a leave of absence after being charged in Pierce County Superior Court.

Reed is to be sentenced Oct. 26 as a first-time offender.

Prosecutors are recommending a sentence ranging from 10 years, 11 months to life in prison, with all but 12 months suspended. If a judge goes along with the recommendation, Reed would serve his year behind bars in the Pierce County jail, then be at the mercy of the state’s Indeterminate Sentence Review Board. That body would then rule whether Reed should be set free or serve additional jail time.

Once freed, Reed will have to register as a sex offender, be on lifetime probation and undergo treatment.

Reed was charged with sex crimes stemming from his contact with a 7-year-old who was living in his home. The girl is the daughter of a woman who was in a relationship with Reed’s adult son.

The Reed family saga continued when son Travis Reed attempted to bribe the victim’s mother, offering her money to drop charges against his father. She refused the bribe and instead went to police.

Travis Reed pleaded guilty earlier this year to tampering with a witness and was placed on probation.

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