A Baldwin man will have to register as a sex offender after he gets out of prison in 32 months.
A 30-year-old Baldwin man will spend 32 months in prison for engaging a sexual act in front of a 5-year-old girl.
The girl's parents shook their heads in disbelief Thursday when Jeffrey S. Reed's attorney said his client was "too kind for his own good."
Ignoring a plea for probation in the case, Douglas County District Judge Michael Malone sentenced Reed to prison for the sexual exploitation of a child.
Reed admitted to a sex act with James Minter on Oct. 19, 1998. Minter in December pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and five counts of aggravated criminal sodomy.
In February, Malone sentenced Minter, 27, to 16 years in prison. Reed initially faced aggravated criminal sodomy charges.
Harry Warren, Reed's attorney, told Malone that Reed "is one of those people who is probably in a lot of ways too kind for his own good. He is almost childlike in his own kindness."
Reed baby-sat for the girl without being paid a penny, Warren said.
"I used bad judgment on the sex act with James. That should have taken place somewhere else," Reed told Malone.
The girl's family was unimpressed.
"I don't feel he should be out on the street," her stepfather said. "I don't think he ought to be free at all."
Douglas County Assistant Dist. Atty. Rick Trapp said Reed showed no remorse or acceptance of his responsibility. Reed took advantage of the girl's trust, the prosecutor said.
"Obviously when we're dealing with children, there's a great deal of trust involved," the judge said.
Malone also ordered Reed to pay court costs and register as a sex offender when he gets out of prison.
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