Last Updated: 7/13/2020
Central Valley High School head wrestling coach Stephen Reed has been arrested after police say he confessed to several felony sex crimes against students.
The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) was contacted on Monday, February 24, regarding possible sexual assaults of female students over the past two years at the high school. The 27-year-old wrestling coach was identified as the suspect.
Detectives contacted and interviewed Reed on February 27 and he allegedly confessed to all of the allegations.
Reed faces several felony charges, including:
It is not clear how many students may have been victimized by Reed. He is currently being held in jail with bail set at $1,027,000.
The Major Crimes Unit is continuing to investigate and has asked other potential victims and anyone else with information to contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Major Crimes Unit at (530) 245-6135.
Attorney contributor Bobby Thompson is an experienced sex abuse victim lawyer who represents victims and their families in civil lawsuits. Here are some thoughts from Bobby on the legal rights of school employee sex abuse victims and their families:
“Schools should be places where students can feel safe, but unfortunately, this is not always the case. While most teachers, coaches, and other school employees are trustworthy, our education system also has serious issues with employees sexually abusing students. School officials must stay aware of this danger and to everything they can to protect their students from sexual predators,” Mr. Thompson shared.
“When a coach is charged with sexually abusing students, it’s important to both investigate the coach and to determine if the school did in fact do everything it could do prevent the abuse. In cases that involve negligence, school sex abuse victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the school district,” concluded Mr. Thompson. Central Valley High School in Shasta Lake, CA.