By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
A 26-year-old Enid woman was arraigned Thursday on charges related to alleged sexual abuse of a teenage girl last summer.
Althea Evelyn Reed was charged with lewd or indecent acts to a child under 16, and soliciting sexual conduct or communication with a minor by use of technology, both felonies.
Lewd or indecent acts to a child under 16 is punishable by one to 20 years, and the other felony is punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
Reed appeared via video Thursday from Garfield County Detention Facility before Special District Judge Brian Lovell.
Reed did not ask for the charges to be read aloud, but did ask about her application for court-appointed counsel, which she noted she did not entirely fill out.
Lovell scheduled Reed for a bond appearance Feb. 11 and set bond at $20,000.
According to an affidavit filed in the case, on Dec. 21 Department of Human Services began an investigation into allegations of possible sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl.
During an interview at the Garfield County Child Advocacy Center, the girl said Reed had shown her what masturbation was by showing her videos from the Internet and touching her, according to the affidavit.
Detective Tim Doyle interviewed Reed at Enid Police Department, and she said the girl asked her about masturbation several times so she explained it to the girl, the affidavit states. Reed said the girl did not seem to understand, so she showed her videos from the Internet showing men and women involved in the act.
Reed told Doyle the girl still did not understand, so she had the girl watch her do it, the affidavit states. Reed then said she placed her hand on top of the girl’s hand while she did it to herself.
Reed explained to Doyle she did not want a stranger giving her the wrong explanation or taking advantage of the girl. Reed said the girl was much younger in her mind than she actually is, and Reed said she was afraid someone might have tried to do something inappropriate to the girl if the girl asked the wrong person, according to the affidavit.