A Grant man was arrested for rape, sodomy and sex with his foster child.
Marshall County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Assistant Chief Deputy Steve Guthrie said a joint investigation with the MCSO, the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) and the Marshall County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) has led to the arrest of Larry Austin Reed, 36.
According to Guthrie, Reed was charged with second-degree rape, second-degree sodomy and sex with a foster child.
Guthrie said Reed was arrested in Scottsboro Saturday, May 18, without incident, and his bond is set at $200,000.
Marshall County Sheriff Phil Sims confirmed that Reed was a foster parent to the child. According to Sims, this was the first time Reed had ever been charged by the MCSO for sexual abuse or child abuse.
Guthrie said Chief Investigator Keith Wilson, who investigates all of the county’s child abuse cases, worked closely with DHR and CAC to “get Reed off of the streets.” He said normally the abuse is reported to DHR, then the child goes to the CAC to be interviewed, and Wilson takes the information and “works the criminal side of the case.”
Guthrie said the charge of sex with a foster child is a “no bond” charge, and the $200,000 property bond was for the charges of rape and sodomy. He said even if Reed were to make the $200,000 bond, he would have to petition the court to get the third charge changed from a “no bond.” As of Wednesday, Reed had not posted bond and was still in jail, according to Guthrie.
“Those three [DHR, CAC and Wilson] working together, had enough to charge [Reed] with those three counts,” Guthrie said. “This case couldn’t have been made had it not been for the cooperation of DHR and the CAC, working as a team to get this guy off of the street.”
Due to the sensitive nature of the case, Guthrie said no further information could be released at this time.