Plea deal could be reached for former teacher in sex case

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By Amanda Manning

 A plea agreement could be reached soon in a former Oldham County High School (OCHS) choir director’s criminal case.

Haley Reed was arrested on June 7, 2018, the day before the last day of school, on charges of rape and sodomy. She admitted to having sex with a minor around eight times between April 25 and June 1 on school property, according to Oldham County Police. All encounters allegedly happened after school hours inside OCHS.

In Oldham County Circuit Court today, Reed’s attorney Gregory Simms said the Commonwealth said they would have an offer for them before her next court date. Details of the offer were not discussed.

Simms also said that the discovery is complete in the case, including interviews and a lab report from Kentucky State Police.

He also asked permission for Reed to attend two upcoming events for her children who are in elementary school.

Reed was previously ordered to have no contact with minors, the victim or the victim’s family, who was present in court today.

"I didn’t know if it’d be a violation,” Simms said.

“If she’s going to be around minors, it’s going to be,” Circuit Court Judge Karen Conrad responded. “We don’t even want people to go to church.”

Commonwealth Attorney Courtney Baxter was not present in court today. Attorney Joshua Clubb said they wouldn't make a decision until her next court hearing.

Reed was indicted on 10 counts of third-degree rape, five counts of third-degree sodomy and 15 counts of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, illegal sexual act by an Oldham County grand jury in September 2018.

 She has pleaded not guilty and said that she planned to fight the charges against her. 

Her next court date is set for April 4 at 1 p.m. in Oldham County Circuit Court.