John Reynolds charged with child sex abuse in Ohio

John Reynolds appears in a mugshot

An Ohio man was arrested late last week in connection with child sexual abuse allegedly committed in multiple locations over several years. He was charged on Friday. And the charges are numerous.

John Benjamin Reynolds53, is charged with the allegations on sixteen separate counts, including four counts of first-degree rape, nine counts of third-degree sexual assault and three counts of fourth-degree gross sexual assault, according to records reviewed by the Warren County Court of Law&Crime.

Detectives with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office said they were first alerted to the alleged abuse when a complaint was filed on Thursday, May 19, 2022, alleging the defendant had dated March 16 In 2022, a 14-year-old child was raped at a KOA campground in Lebanon, Ohio Investigators said they quickly identified two other victims — both also under 15, according to Cincinnati-based NBC affiliate WLWT.

WCSO detectives searched for Reynolds for approximately two days before finally arresting him across state lines on Saturday, May 21, 2022. Days later, he waived his right to fight an extradition request and was transferred back to Mason, Ohio from Boone County, Kentucky.

“So, at this point, do you want us to schedule this hearing, or do you want us to skip it?” Judge Jeffrey Smith asked the accused.

“It will be fine,” he replied, reported WLWT.

Details of the allegations were recently revealed in court documents held by Cincinnati FOX affiliate WXIX.

In summary, Reynolds is now accused of sexually abusing four children over a period of several years. The latter TV station reports that one of these victims was allegedly first abused when he was eight years old. That abuse, the child reportedly told authorities, continued until earlier this year. All alleged victims are currently between 13 and 14 years old.

The accused is said to have abused children in several places in addition to the trailer on the KOA site. One location was his home, according to court documents cited by WXIX, while another incident allegedly took place in a fitting room at Liberty Center Mall.

Reynolds is also accused of molesting some of the children at a local YMCA, testimony from a victim confirms. There, the accused is accused of going swimming with several children and then showering with them – telling the children to touch him.

During interviews with social workers, court documents say the alleged child victims referred to Reynolds as “Uncle Ben.”

Documents obtained by WLWT indicate that at least two of the children are girls and at least one of them is a boy.

The children are quoted there as saying Reynolds bought them gifts, including jewelry, clothing, stuffed animals, toys and candy.

WCSO detectives said the defendant was previously linked to a local Boy Scouts of America force in Mason.

A spokesman for the local council serving southern Ohio and northern Kentucky released a statement distancing himself from Reynolds and noting that no victims are believed to be Boy Scouts:

The actions allegedly committed by John Reynolds are reprehensible and go against everything the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) stand for. At this time, we are not aware of any Scout involvement, and we know from law enforcement that the victims were not members or affiliated with Scouting. The Dan Beard Council has and will continue to cooperate with ongoing law enforcement investigations. Upon being informed of the investigation and his pending arrest, we took steps to bar him from participating in scouting. He was placed on the BSA’s volunteer screening database, barring him from any future registration and participation with the BSA.

At a Thursday hearing, the defendant’s attorney Edward Perry presented his client as a family man and a pillar of the community.

“He is married, Mr. Judge,” said the defense attorney. “He has been married for 29 years and has three adult children. He came to Warren County and made Warren County his home, and he’s been here ever since. He got married here. He shopped and bought a house in Mason, Ohio. He, his wife and his family have lived in this Mason home for 22 years.”

Perry also noted that his client had a long history as a software developer.

“He suspects that this job is no longer available to him because of his arrest,” the attorney said.

Reynolds’ bond was priced at $300,000.

The defendant is next scheduled to appear in court on June 2, 2022.

[image via Warren County Jail]

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