Former Catawba Co Sheriff captain indicted on multiple charges

Former sheriff's captain indicted

LINCOLNTON, NC (WBTV) - Former Catawba County Sheriff's Office Captain Jason Reid has been indicted on multiple charges following a months-long investigation by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

Court records show Reid was indicted in five charges, including felony embezzlement by a local officer and felony larceny and three misdemeanors for cyberstalking, stalking and willfully failing to discharge the duties of his office. If convicted, Reid could be sentenced to behind bars for nine years.

The indictment alleges Reid used a Catawba County Sheriff's Office GPS tracker to stalking a woman for a two month period in July and August of 2017.

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Reid surrendered to the magistrate in Catawba County late Thursday morning and was given a $10,000 secured bond.

He will make his first court appearance on Friday morning in Lincoln County.

Reid, who is the son of current Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid and unsuccessfully ran for the top job himself this spring, has been under investigation by the SBI since a former girlfriend reported finding a tracking device on her vehicle that she claims Reid placed there.

The woman, who spoke exclusively with WBTV in April, said she found the tracking device after Reid sent her multiple text messages with her location and, once, a picture of her car parked in a public lot.

Reid has denied the allegations.

The SBI executed two search warrants on the Catawba County Sheriff's Office, where Reid worked until earlier this year as the head of the office's Narcotics Unit, on the first day of early voting in the primary election in which Reid was running.

A judge sealed the search warrants executed on the office in a closed-door meeting with Sheriff Reid and his personal attorney.

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Those warrants were later unsealed by a different judge after a coalition of six media outlets, including WBTV, filed a court action to obtain access to them.

In an interview on Thursday, Attorney General Josh Stein, whose office is prosecuting Reid, said they strive to enforce the law for all citizens.

"Law enforcement is no different than any other person when it comes before the law," Stein said. "We all have to live within the bounds of the law. And what some residents and people within Lincoln county concluded is that some acts of Jason Reid violated the law and that's why they issued a warrant for their arrest."

Sheriff Coy Reid did not respond to a request for comment and has not explained how a GPS tracking device went missing from his office.

Neither Jason Reid nor his attorney issued a statement after the indictment was released Thursday.

His next court appearance is scheduled for July 23.

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