Monday, September 29, 2008

Scott A. Reynolds - Repeat Sex Offender - Carnival worker

  • Conviction date: 11/23/2005
    Offender's age at conviction: 47
  • Conviction date: 11/23/2005
    Offender's age at conviction: 47
  • Conviction date: 11/20/2006
    Offender's age at conviction: 48

A Florida man who had been working at a carnival this past spring in Lafayette faces up to two years in prison for having images depicting child pornography on his cell phone.

Scott A. Reynolds, 41, has been in the Tippecanoe County Jail since his arrest on May 25, jail staff said.

He pleaded guilty today in Tippecanoe Superior Court 2 to two counts of child exploitation, a Class D felony, admitting that girls in the photos appeared to be between the ages of 10 and 12.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 29.

If a judge accepts his plea agreement with the Tippecanoe County prosecutor's office, Reynolds would be ordered to spend another two years on probation after his release.

Deputy Prosecutor Laura Zeman said Reynolds had been working at a carnival in May held outside of Tippecanoe Mall. While here, he visited a strip club in Lafayette.

Zeman said Reynolds was telling one of the dancers about a photo on his cell phone depicting beastiality. As he scrolled through images on his phone to find the photo, the dancer noticed pictures of young girls that appeared to depict child pornography.

The dancer told her boyfriend about the photos, who then reported it to police.

Zeman said Lafayette police, with assistance from a female Purdue University police officer, staged a sting at the carnival. The officer pretended to be a dancer at the same club, and asked Reynolds about "interesting pictures" on his phone.

Reynolds was arrested after allegedly showing the officer the photos.

Under the terms of his plea agreement, additional charges of possession of child pornography could be dropped.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

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