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6 years in prison for having consensual sex with a 17 year old girl???

Jan 21, 2015

Arizona Republic

That sounds like something that would happen in religious theocracy like Iraq or Afghanistan, not a city like Phoenix in the secular government of Arizona!!!


Ex-Scottsdale track coach gets 6 years for sex crime

Kody Acevedo, The Republic| azcentral.com 5:48 p.m. MST January 21, 2015

A former Scottsdale track coach was sentenced to six years in prison on Wednesday for sexual conduct with a minor.

A former Scottsdale track coach was sentenced to six years in prison on Wednesday in Maricopa County Superior Court after he previously pleaded guilty to charges of sexual conduct with a minor.

Bo Joseph Reed, 48, was arrested in March after sexually explicit messages between him and a 17-year-old girl were found on the victim's Facebook account, Phoenix police said.

The victim's friends told police they found the messages after they noticed the teen had been behaving abnormally and spending more time with Reed, police said.

The teen later told police that she and Reed had engaged in sexual contact during the months prior to his arrest, according to a Phoenix police spokesman.

Appearing in court on Wednesday, Reed stood silently as the victim's parents spoke on their daughter's behalf.

"Reed's actions have had a great impact on our family and a great impact on others," the victim's father told Judge Pamela Svoboda. "This rocked everyone."

The victim's father told the court that his daughter had a tough time going back to school after the incident. He claims the school's staff treated his daughter differently than the rest of the students.

He also said the incident impacted not only his daughter, but her friends as well. One of his daughter's friends even turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with the situation, he said.

The victim's mother also told Svoboda that Reed put a strain on her relationship with her daughter.

"He drove a real wedge between my daughter and I," the girl's mother said. "She became distant and rebellious."

Prosecutor Yigael Cohen then asked Judge Svoboda to give Reed the maximum sentence of six years in prison.

"He abused the trust parents, the school and the victim put in him," Cohen said.

Before Svoboda issued her sentencing, she heard from Reed's father, Albert, who spoke on behalf of the Reed family.

"He's grown up always wanting to help people," Reed said. "Even now, in jail, Bo is trying to help others."

Then Reed, in a shaky voice, made one final plea to the court.

"The shame I caused my family and friends, it reaches far," Reed said. "I'm sorry for my actions. I wasn't looking to harm anyone."

Svoboda was unswayed and gave Reed the maximum sentence that prosecutors asked for: Six years in prison and a lifetime of probation.

"Whenever anyone is a teacher or a coach, they are responsible for maintaining a responsible relationship with their students," Svoboda said. "The defendant clearly violated this responsibility.

Reed will also have to register as a convicted sex offender.