- Associated Press - Monday, April 23, 2018

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (AP) - A former member of both the city council and the school committee in a Massachusetts city has been charged with child rape and possession of child pornography.

Bert Reed was held without bail Monday pending a hearing May 4 to determine whether he is a danger to society.

He was arrested by Newburyport police on Friday. Authorities say the 42-year-old Reed met the alleged victim, a boy under the age of 16, on the internet last year.

Reed served as a Newburyport councilor from 2000 until 2004 and sat on the school committee from 1998 until 2002. He ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2003.

His lawyer acknowledged there was enough probable cause for a dangerousness hearing but declined comment outside court.



Reed has been suspended from his job at Gordon College.

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Information from: The Daily News of Newburyport (Mass.), http://www.newburyportnews.com

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