Housing employee arrested

A court date has not been set for a dorm clerk charged with molesting two teenage boys. Corey Deshawn Reed , 24, an office clerk at Paddyfote and Truth Halls, was released Friday night from Leon County Jail on $28,000 bail. He was charged with sexual assault on a victim over 12 by physical force, battery and a sex offense against a child over 12, said Betty Redding, a lobby technician at Leon County Jail.Joseph Fennell Sr., a senior clerk in personnel, said Reed began working as a dorm clerk in Paddyfote in early July. He was later transferred to Truth Hall, where he worked for two weeks, according to Christine Hand, the hall supervisor. Hand said she did not know why Reed’s tenure at the hall was short.Personnel records still have Reed listed as an employee.”His contract ends December 31,” Fennell said. “To my knowledge, he has not been fired.”Housing Director Jerry Moore insisted Reed was terminated. “Mr. Reed’s services were no longer needed,” Moore said. Moore would not disclose if Reed’s termination was related to the charges.Police said Reed, driving a black Buick Regal with a Florida tag, picked up a 15-year-old boy leaving the Walker Ford Community Center Aug. 30. Reed asked the boy to show him where a mutual friend lived.Reed then asked him to engage in sexual activities with him in exchange for money, cigarettes, alcohol, new shoes, a job and financial assistance to buy a car. The boy was dropped off after rejecting Reed’s sexual advances and reported the incident to the Tallahassee Police Department, along with a detailed description of Reed.Reed approached another 15-year-old boy on the 2700 block of Country Club Drive in early September, asking where the boy’s cousin lived to return a book. After the boy got into the car, Reed drove to an undisclosed area on the south side, where the boy alleged he was sexually assaulted. The boy ran to a relative’s home and reported the incident. Both boys identified Reed in photo lineups, according to the police press release.Reed was arrested Thursday, Redding said. He was driving the same car in which both incidents reportedly took place.

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