Richard Reed, the brother of former 22nd Judicial District Attorney Walter Reed, made bond Friday and was released from the St. Tammany Parish Jail, where he had been since he turned himself in Wednesday morning.
Reed, 66, surrendered the day after he was indicted by a St. Tammany grand jury on four counts stemming from his alleged groping of an inebriated woman at the Chimes restaurant in August.
Reed was initially booked on one count, sexual battery, and his bail then was set at $25,000. But he was indicted Tuesday on charges of sexual battery, second-degree kidnapping, impeding a witness and public intimidation of a police officer — all resulting from the same incident.
Police say he groped a woman at the bar, put her in his car and flashed his honorary DA’s badge at Covington police who stopped him. He also allegedly cited his ties to the DA’s Office in an effort to get the restaurant to hush up the matter, prosecutors say.
Judge August Hand set Reed’s bail at $100,000 after prosecutors with the state Attorney General’s Office argued it should be even higher. They are prosecuting the case because Walter Reed was still DA when the incident occurred, and he recused his office.
Hand declined to view video of Reed in the restaurant during a court proceeding, opting instead to read a report about the incident.
The bail required Reed to come up with $12,000 in cash, Assistant Attorney General David Caldwell said.
But while Reed immediately bonded out the first time he was booked, he spent more than two days in jail this time, getting out with a commercial bond about 2 p.m. Friday.
Staff writer Faimon A. Roberts IIII contributed to this report. Follow Sara Pagones on Twitter, @spagonesadvocat.