Reed recuses himself from brother's sexual battery case
Dave Cohen Reporting
The St. Tammany District Attorney today says he will not be the one who decides how to proceed with the case against his brother.
"In terms of the office of the St. Tammany and Washington Parish District Attorney, I will appropriately recuse myself and my office regarding this issue," Walter Reed (left) said in an emailed statement.
It comes after police arrested his brother, Richard Reed (right), on a felony sexual battery charge.
Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz says it happened at the Chimes restaurant and bar. He says Richard Reed assaulted a very intoxicated woman.
''Mr. Reed is observed in the video groping the lady's breasts along with placing his hands in the area of the woman's genitalia, on more than one occasion,'' the chief said.
Normally the case would go to the district attorney for consideration, but now the Louisiana Attorney Generals Office will be consulted.
Walter Reed declined to say much more about the case, "While I am not privy to all the details of what may or may not have happened, it is clear that this is an uncertain situation. And while I love my brother, I can only speak for myself as Richard's brother and not in any official capacity. However, because there seems to be an on-going investigation into this matter, additional comment beyond what I can say about my brother would be inappropriate."