Crawfordville man arrested for sexually assaulting child he was babysitting

Crawfordville man arrested for sexually assaulting child he was babysitting
Posted at 12:51 PM, Aug 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-08 10:16:01-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -  A Crawfordville man was arrested after being accused of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl he was babysitting. 

Preston Reed, 29, was arrested by the Leon County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday. 

On June 24, deputies responded to Capital Regional Medical Center in response to a sexual assault.  

When deputies arrived on scene, they talked with the victim's nurse. 

While talking with deputies, she said the victim was a 10-year-old girl who came in with her mother. 

The victim told the nurse that four years ago, Reed, her babysitter, made her do things that made her feel uncomfortable.   

The victim also told the nurse that Reed took her into a bedroom and made her put on a shirt he liked and took off her pants. 

A couple days later, deputies viewed an interview the victim did at the Children's Advocacy Center.  

During the interview, the victim said she texted her mother and told her that she needed to tell her something, but was scared to say anything.  

According to the police report, when her mother called, the victim told her that while Reed was babysitting her four years ago, he took her into a bedroom, made her put on a shirt he liked, and took off her pants.   

Reed told the victim that if she said anything he would hit her.  

The victim stated, Reed then took off his pants, laid the victim on the bed, and began touching her.  

When the victim would try to get up, Reed would push her back down on the bed, which gave her sharp pains in her shoulders.  

The victim said on another occasion, she remembers Reed picking her up from her bed, placing her in the living room, and did the same thing to her he did before.  

When the victim woke up, she saw Reed on top of her and turned to the side. 

The victim said Reed took the house phone and hid it somewhere in the house, so the other children could not use it to call someone. 

Based on the evidence, he is being charged with two counts of sexual battery on a victim under the age of 12, and one count of false imprisonment of a child.  

He was taken to the Leon County Detention Center and is being held without bond.