WESTERN CHESTER – A former elected Chester County official in the south who was serving time in a state jail for child pornography was arrested earlier this month and charged with several counts of sexual abuse of a child over four years.
On Thursday, Chester County Attorney’s Office announced the arrest of Warren Reynolds, who worked as a city warden in his hometown of New Garden before his arrest in 2014 on charges of child pornography.
The allegations are that 60-year-old Reynolds of Avondale sexually assaulted a child between the ages of 8 and 13 from 1999 to 2003. He has been charged with several counts of indecent assault on a child, indecent assault, endangering the welfare of a child and other charges.
Already on probation on child porn charges, Reynolds was arrested on Monday and is currently being held in a Chester County jail on bail of $ 2 million, which was set by Highway District Judge Matthew Civie during his previous indictment.
A statement on social media announcing the arrest, District Attorney Deb Ryan was quoted as saying that Reynolds “participated in corrupt and systemic behavior, violating a young child for whose protection and safety he was responsible.
“We will do our best to bring justice to this brave victim,” said Ryan, who, as the head of the child abuse department, brought Reynolds to justice in 2014 in the case of child pornography. “It took her years to find the courage to talk to law enforcement about the horrors she experienced. I praise her courage and hope that she considers the arrest of the defendant as a first step towards justice. “
The allegation in the complaint is that in September 2020, Chester County detectives interviewed a victim who spoke in detail about sexual violence by Reynolds when she was 8 to 13 years old. The abuse occurred several times a week between 1999 and 2003, when she was in his care at his home on Penn Green Road in New Garden.
The abuse also occurred in New Castle County, Delaware, and in Lewis, Delaware. The victim told detectives that the defendant had infiltrated her digitally and caressed her.
Disclosure in 2020 came at a time when Reynolds, who was sentenced to two to four years in prison for pornography, was charged with a suspended sentence and sentenced to an additional 212 days in prison by Judge David Bortner.
A preliminary hearing of the accused is scheduled for April 29.
Reynolds was charged with possession of child pornography following an investigation that began when his wife called a computer technician to maintain their family computer, officials said. Investigators claim that during the work of the technician at the department found many images of child pornography. Some of the files were available the day before Reynolds was home, officials said.
The technician reported his findings to state police, and an investigation was launched. Police executed a search warrant at Reynolds’ home and made an alarming discovery. He was initially charged with 500 counts, but the number of charges was reduced as part of a guilty plea.
Officials said state police investigators found several computers, external hard drives, floppy disks, CDs, VHS tapes, movie rolls, photo slides, a video camera, printed images of adults sexually assaulting children, and a pair of baby underwear during search. Reynolds House.
Investigators said the discs and files were labeled with titles commonly associated with child pornography, including titles such as “Age 06,” “The Early Stuff,” “Baby J” and other obvious names.
Reynolds is the owner of a family farm in New Garden, where he has lived all his life. He was involved in environmental protection in the township. He left the post of city warden before his arrest.
The day Reynolds began serving his prison sentence, he apologized for his crimes and said he was grateful to his wife, family and other members of the New Garden community for supporting him since his arrest on charges in June. 2013
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