Monte Antonio Reed, a geography teacher and basketball coach was found guilty of nine counts of sexual assault, occurring in his classroom in 2016.
The assaults were against a 15 year old student, as well as two other teenage girls he molested.
He will face more than nine years in prison for his crimes.
Charges Against Reed
Reed was on trial for multiple charges. They included: 2 counts sexual intercourse with a minor under 16 years of age, 2 counts oral copulation of a person under 16, anal penetration by a foreign object on a person under 16, 2 counts molestation of a person under 18, 2 counts lewd act upon a child.
The victim was 15 years old and just finishing her freshman year of high school in 2016 when the assaults began. The sexual assault occurred in his classroom during his preparatory period, as well as after school. An investigation began after the teenage girl told a friend, who then notified another teacher in April of 2017.
Reed was on administrative leave while the result of the investigation was pending. In September of 2017, he was arrested and charged with five felony counts.
Interaction Between Reed and His Victims
The teenage student Reed initiated assaults with said she and Reed first exchanged content that was sexually explicit. Eventually, he asked for photos and videos, then proceeded to figure out how they could meet for sex.
Two other students came forward and shared that Reed had sexually assaulted them as well, while they were students in 2016 and 2017. One teen disclosed that Reed touched her thighs and wanted to “get in trouble” with her. Another female student was pulled into a kiss during his preparatory period. Meanwhile, he made sexual comments to another student calling her his “forbidden fruit.”
Trial and Conviction
Reed’s trial lasted approximately two weeks, and he was found guilty of all nine counts against him on Thursday, August 8. Jurors reached a guilty verdict after one day. Attorney Rogery Dreyer, who represented the victims, stated that these students “will live with scars for the rest of their lives.”
Reed is currently in Sacramento County custody and is set to return for sentencing on September 20 in front of Sacramento Superior Court Judge Trena Burger-Plavan.