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UPDATE: Superintendent speaks after alleged rape at Buckeye Local

Joseph Reed Jr., 18, of Rayland, bonded out of jail Wednesday night on $50,000 bond. He is facing two counts of rape, two counts of sexual battery, and two counts of gross sexual imposition.

A Buckeye Local student is facing multiple charges, including rape and sexual battery, for an incident that took place at the school last Friday.

Joseph Reed Jr., 18, of Rayland, bonded out of jail Wednesday night on $50,000 bond. He is facing two counts of rape, two counts of sexual battery, and two counts of gross sexual imposition.

Jefferson County sheriff's deputies arrested Reed after he allegedly lured and assaulted a 16-year-old special needs student.

The charges stem from an incident in Reed is seen on camera holding the victim's hand and guiding her into a locker room. There, she was allegedly forced to perform sex acts.

According to police, the victim may have been under duress, and she told her best friend what happened. That friend then immediately went to school officials.

"Her friend needs commended for the quick thinking because she said, 'you have to tell. Either you tell or I'm going to tell,’" Buckeye Local Schools Superintendent Kim Leonard said.

Officials say it happened around 2:50 p.m. on Friday at the school. After the incident, the alleged victim’s friend told two faculty members.

Sheriff's deputies were on campus within the hour.

Still, parents have questions about how this incident could have happened, and why teachers were not more closely supervising students?

"It was after school was already dismissed,” Leonard said. “I know there’s been a lot of questioning, wanting to know why there weren't people on duty. Dismissal was already over with."

Band members and football players were prepping for the football game. There were still teachers on campus.

“It's a difficult situation, but they responded exactly the way they needed to respond," Leonard said.

Reed was placed in the Jefferson County Jail on two counts of rape, two counts of sexual assault, and two counts of gross sexual imposition.

To make sure other potential victims are helped, Leonard has a recommendation for parents.

“We need to educate our children to let them know that you must report. Don't keep anything held back,” Leonard said. “If something has happened to you, you need to make sure you are reporting it."

The arrest wouldn't have happened if the alleged victim didn't confide in her friend, and that friend hadn’t realized the severity of the situation.

"A friend is there, good or bad, and help each other out no matter what the circumstances are, and she was a great friend,” Leonard said. “I think that's why they'll always be friends. That's what friendship is all about."

Reed has a preliminary hearing next Wednesday. He is out of jail after posting a $50,000 bond.

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