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February 24, 2011

Worker facing molest charges

Police accuse Ryan Reynolds of having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

A city of Kokomo street department employee is now facing charges that he molested a 13-year-old girl.

Ryan C. Reynolds, 32, a heavy equipment operator for the city, turned himself in Tuesday evening at the Howard County Sheriff Department on a Class A felony child molest warrant.

Seventeen minutes after he was booked in at the jail, Reynolds posted $5,000, 10 percent of the $50,000 bail, court records stated. His bond was initially set at $75,000, but was reduced to $50,000 at the request of Reynolds’ attorney, Stephanie Doran.

A warrant for Reynold’s arrest on the molest charge was issued Monday out of Howard Superior Court 2.

Reynolds’ initial court hearing is set for March 1.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Kokomo police detectives accuse Reynolds of touching the girl inappropriately and having sexual intercourse with her last year at Reynolds’ residence in the 3500 block of Stoneview Drive.

Reynolds also allegedly told the girl not to tell anyone and if she did, he said she would never see her cousin again. Police also allege that Reynolds told her to take nude pictures of herself and send them to his cell phone, the probable cause stated.

Randy Morris, director of operations at the city, said Reynolds was hired on at the city in 2005.

City attorney Lawrence McCormack said Reynolds has been suspended without pay indefinitely due to his arrest.

“Obviously, he’s innocent until proven guilty, but with the severity of the charges and the city’s policy, he was suspended indefinitely,” McCormack said Wednesday.

To be filed as a Class A felony, state law indicates the victim must be under the age of 14 and the suspect is older than 21. If convicted, Reynolds could serve between 20 and 50 years in prison.

• Mike Fletcher, Tribune crime reporter, may be reached at 765-454-8565 or via e-mail at mike.fletcher@kokomotribune.com

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