Brother of St Tammany DA Accused of Flashing Badge in Sexual Battery Investigation

Covington police say they arrested Richard Reed Monday night in connection with the sexual battery of an intoxicated woman.

Richard Reed is the brother of St. Tammany District Attorney Walter Reed.  The incident under investigation happened on August 10th, according to Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz, but charges were not brought until after his officers reviewed surveillance video in the case.

According to Lentz, Richard Reed groped a woman at The Chimes restaurant in Covington.  Lentz described the woman as very intoxicated.

“Mr. Reed is observed on the video groping the lady’s breasts along with placing his hand in the area of her genitalia on more than one occasion.  When our victim realized what was taking place, she resists his advancements violently,” Lentz said while referring to surveillance footage from the restaurant.  Lentz says the video is evidence in the investigation and will not be released until the case is resolved.

Lentz says, on the day of the incident, his officers were called to the restaurant but Reed had already left with the woman.  Lentz says there’s no sign that the woman left with Reed against her will.

Officers were able to locate Reed’s car and speak with him and the woman.  Lentz says Reed showed deputies a wallet badge from the district attorney’s office.  He says the badge appeared to be legitimate but officers rightfully ignored it.

A city prosecutor says the woman originally faced a public intoxication charge which was later dropped.

In a written statement, District Attorney Walter Reed says he does not know the details of the incident allegedly involving his brother. The DA also says his office will recuse itself from handling the case.

In his statement, Reed did not say whether his brother was ever issued a wallet badge or if it would have been appropriate to show such a badge to officers.