Convicted rapist accused of groping store clerk also charged with theft

By Tanya Mitchell | Mar 22, 2013
Source: File image Glenn Reed

Belfast — A convicted rapist from Lincolnville who was arrested on charges that he assaulted a female store clerk at a Belfast business Saturday, March 9, has also been charged with stealing a cell phone from that same business on the day of the alleged assault.

Glenn Reed, 65, was summoned for the alleged theft Monday, March 18. Lincolnville Police Chief Ron Young delivered the summons to Reed's residence, according to records at the Belfast Police Department.

Belfast Police Chief Mike McFadden said police discovered the theft of the phone while investigating the incident that allegedly occurred at the same Belfast business March 9, after which Reed was arrested on a warrant on charges of unlawful sexual touching, assault and disorderly conduct.

Following Reed's arrest for the March 9 incident, McFadden said, police were alerted to Reed's alleged actions after receiving a complaint from the store clerk, who said Reed entered the store and tried to touch her inappropriately on two occasions during his interaction with her.

McFadden said when the clerk asked Reed if she could help him, he reportedly stated he was having a bad day and then he asked the clerk for a hug. The clerk obliged, McFadden said, and at that time Reed allegedly tried to kiss her on the cheek and neck area and fondled her buttocks.

"He then said some sexually charged comments to her," said the chief.

McFadden said the woman pulled away from Reed immediately and continued her attempt to assist him with finding some merchandise. At that point, Reed reportedly approached her again and tried to kiss her on the lips and touched her breast. That series of events, stated McFadden, was captured on the store surveillance cameras.

Reed was released on bail on the same day of his arrest, and McFadden said Reed's bail conditions bar him from having any contact with the alleged victim and he cannot return to the store.

According to records posted on the Maine Sex Offender Registry website, Reed was convicted on a rape charge in Waldo County Superior Court in 1981.

Reed's more recent involvement with police was in October of last year, when, McFadden said, he was charged with filing a false public alarm or report after he claimed a woman stole his oxycodone from his vehicle, which was parked outside of the Belfast Hannaford store. At that time, McFadden said, Reed gave police the name of the woman he suspected stole his medication, and stated that he planned to lend the woman $100, which was why the two had agreed to meet in the grocery store parking lot. Reed further told police at that time that he suspected the woman entered his car while he was inside the store, stole his medication and then left the parking lot.

After further investigation that involved a discussion with the woman Reed suspected of stealing the drugs, McFadden said, police learned the woman had arranged to meet Reed there with the intention of buying the pills from him.

Reed later pleaded no contest on the charge of filing a false public alarm or report and McFadden said Reed was ordered to pay a $500 fine. The woman involved in the case was initially charged with stealing drugs, but McFadden said prosecution on that charge was declined once the case reached the Waldo County District Attorney's Office.

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