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PAWTUCKET â€” Ending an unsavory saga, Pawtucket Firefighter Cody Reed has pleaded no contest to one count of felony assault on a young teenage girl in exchange for a reduction in a previous count of third-degree sexual assault and dismissal of another charge.
Reed, 40, who lives on Second Street in Pawtucket, entered the nolo plea before Associate Justice Judith C. Savage in Superior Court in Providence on Thursday afternoon. The plea comes just over a week after his trial that ended in a hung jury.
According to Amy Kempe, public information officer for the Office of the Attorney General, Reed received a five-year suspended sentence with probation, a no-contact order involving the victim, and was ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation.
Additionally, Reed was ordered to pay restitution for the victim's counseling should she decide to seek it, according to Kempe.
Kemp said that in pleading to the charge, Reed agreed to the following facts: that beginning in late summer or early fall of 2008, he did engage in an â€śinappropriate romantic relationshipâ€ť with the female victim who was 14 years-old at the time. He further admitted that the relationship continued for a period of approximately two years, during the course of which he â€śassaulted the victim.â€ť
As a result of this â€śassault,â€ť the victim engaged in â€śnumerous instances of self-injurious behavior that resulted in serious bodily injury to her,â€ť said Kemp. She said she could not elaborate further as to the type of assault or nature of the girl's injury, except to say that the charge Reed pleaded to was felony assault and not sexual assault.
In court documents, the victim was described as a close family friend. Numerous sources have said that she is the daughter of another member of the Pawtucket Fire Department.
Pawtucket Police had arrested Reed at his home on Sept. 6, 2010 after interviewing the victim, who was then 16 years-old. He had originally been charged with first-degree sexual assault and second-degree sexual assault on a minor. Following arraignment, he had been allowed to go free on $30,000 surety bail but had been ordered to have no contact with the victim.
Prosecutors later amended the original charges to two counts of third-degree sexual assault on a person over the age of 14 but younger than 16 after it was determined that â€śelements of force and coercion were not present in the case,â€ť Kempe said.
After nine hours of deliberation in a three-day trial, a jury came back deadlocked on a decision regarding the two counts of third-degree sexual assault Reed was charged with.
According to Pawtucket city officials, Reed has been suspended without pay from the fire department since Sept. 7, 2010, the day after his arrest. His EMT certification was not renewed by the state Department of Health as of Oct. 13, 2011.
Reed had been hired by the Pawtucket Fire Department on July 22, 2001. Several sources indicated that he intends to resign, but this could not be confirmed as of press time.