EATON, Ohio (WDTN) – A former Camden mayor is now facing one count of sexual battery charge of a minor.
Prosecutors have charged 35-year-old Kevin Reed with a third-degree felony for what they believe was an inappropriate relationship with a then 17-year-old girl.
Officials told 2NEWS the offenses started when Reed was appointed the youth pastor at the Higher Heights Church of God.
2 NEWS has obtained some of the letters and poems that officials said Reed wrote to the parishioner, Taylor Mattox, now 18.
In these notes, he promises to leave his wife and start a family with the teenager.
Officials said the relationship dates back as early as April 10, 2013.
The Eaton resident was voted in as a youth pastor by senior pastor Marvin Hocker and the church’s board.
Mattox joined Higher Heights in April and later reports show she served as Reed’s assistant for alcohol anonymous (AA) counseling meetings.
“He started picking her up at her house and taking her to church. The– the mother became concerned because Kevin Reed had gotten her cell phone so he could keep in contact with her and when he picked her up there was no other children in the vehicle. It was just him and her and then he started taking her to events outside of the church,” explained Sergeant Steven Hurd with the Eaton Police Department, which has been working with Camden’s department in this investigation.
In one note we received from officials, Reed said, “I have never met anyone like you, you have changed my life for the better. I will never love anyone the way I love you.”
2 NEWS went to Reed’s home for comment, but his wife declined.
She asked we respect the three children in the home, also minors.
We reached out to senior pastor Marvin Hocker, he declined to speak with our reporter Beairshelle Edmé on camera.
But he did tell Edmé that if his pastor were guilty, he would want him prosecuted, but Hocker believes the youth minister is innocent.
Police did tell 2NEWS that the relationship appeared consensual, but despite that fact at the time the girl was a juvenile.
Wednesday night, officials are applauding Mattox’s parents and advise all parents to keep a close eye on your kids.
“Social media is so huge right now I would encourage parents to monitor their kids social media. Anything they’re doing even through phones, text messages to have accountability for those items when they have access to it,” said Hurd.
Pastor Hocker told 2NEWS that Kevin Reed has been relieved of his duties and no longer serves at Higher Heights Church of God.
A jury trial is set for Reed July 14, 2014 at the Preble County Common Pleas Court.