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Additional charges filed against former foster parent

Gary Reed

Gary Reed

Additional charges have been filed against a former foster parent accused of sexually assaulting teenagers in his care more than a decade ago.

Gary Reed, 65, of Manitowoc, was initially charged in November 2017 with repeated sexual assault of a child.

Twin Lakes Police began investigating Reed after one of his former foster children — now a 37-year-old man — came forward to say that he had been sexually assaulted by Reed when he was in his care. The man told police he had lived with Reed as a foster child from the time he was 13 until he was 17.

The man told police that Reed would tell him that his home was the last place he could stay “and if he didn’t, he would end up in a halfway house or other terrible place,” according to the original criminal complaint.

Reed allegedly would threaten to call his social worker if he did not perform sexual acts, the complaint states. He also said that Reed would bribe him with wine and marijuana.

The complaint states that police has an audio recording between the former foster child and Reed in which Reed admitted he had engaged in a sexual relationship with the man when he was a teenager.

Since then, additional former foster children have come forward.

In late December, two additional counts of repeated sexual assault of a child were filed against Reed. Those counts involved two men — one now 37, the other 33 — who said Reed sexually assaulted them when they were teenagers living with him as foster children at homes in Bassett and Twin Lakes.

The 33-year-old told police “he was very emotionally and mentally vulnerable at the time because he did not know what would happen if he ever told on the defendant,” the complaint states. “He stated he was afraid he would be sent away from his family and sent even further away with boys who would be bigger and meaner and beat him up.”

On Wednesday, the state filed another count of repeated sexual assault of a child. That charge is related to a man, now 28, who said he was sexually assaulted by Reed when he was a foster child in his care between 2002 and 2004.

According to the complaint, the man told police he had tried to tell a counselor about the abuse “but the counselor thought (he) was making it up because the defendant was ‘such a good community member.’”

Deputy District Attorney Angelina Gabriele said she was not anticipating further charges involving additional victims.

Reed is scheduled to go to trial April 30 on the original charges.

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