Richard Reed, the brother of former 22nd Judicial District Attorney Walter Reed, surrendered at the St. Tammany Parish Jail before 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, the day after he was indicted by a St. Tammany grand jury on four charges stemming from an incident in August when he allegedly groped an inebriated woman in a restaurant.
Reed’s attorney, Buddy Spell, confirmed that his client had turned himself in. Reed, who was originally booked only with sexual battery, is being rebooked on the three additional charges: second degree kidnapping, impeding a witness and public intimidation of a police officer. His bail was set at $100,000.
Reed, who is 66, first came to public attention because of a job he held at the St. Tammany Parish Hospital, where his brother provided legal counsel to the board. The relationship between Walter Reed and the hospital is one of several areas that has been under scrutiny in a federal grand jury investigation of his activities.
Walter Reed, who had been mostly silent through revelations of the probe and his decision not to seek a sixth term, fired off a heated attack on the media last summer, with his harshest comments centering on what he described as unwarranted attacks on his brother.
Richard Reed resigned from the hospital because of media attempts to vilify him, Reed said at the time, adding that he “deserves better from an obsessed media than being attacked for merely being my brother.”