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Civic leader charged with rape

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Pete Reilly
Former Sharp County OEM Coordinator Peter (Pete) Reilly Jr., 64, of Hardy was arrested March 30 on charges of rape and sexual indecency with a child.

According to the affidavit for arrest, on March 11 Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division (CACD) received a report of child abuse. The victim, 13, reported to investigators that she was sexually assaulted by Reilly when she was 10 or 11 years old, on two separate occasions.

The victim said she had been to Reilly's home on multiple occasions and had lived there when she was an infant. According to the report, she indicated that she trusted Reilly and that he was like a father figure to her.

Around the time she was 10 years old the victim said she had a nightmare while staying the night and sleeping in a guest bedroom at Reilly's home. According to the report, Reilly told the victim she could sleep with him.

While in bed with Reilly, the victim said he began rubbing her back then he touched her breast, vagina and butt, with his hands under her clothing. According to the report, the victim escaped by going to the bathroom, but she returned to the bed and slept as far from him as she could.

The same victim, according to the report, stayed the night at Reilly's home again. She tried to sleep in the same bed as Reilly, but again, he began touching her.

According to the report, she said Reilly touched her breast and attempted other sexual acts.

The victim said approximately a year ago Reilly tried to talk to her. According to the report, Reilly asked her if she had ever told anyone about what he had done to her, saying he was glad she hadn't because he could be in a "heap of trouble" if she said anything.

The affidavit stated that on March 18, two more female victims were interviewed. Victim 2 is 14 years old and Victim 3 is 18.

Victim 2 said on Nov. 10, 2008 Reilly touched her breast. She said, according to the report, that she was in Reilly's bed when he rolled over and placed his hand on her breast, but was not rubbing or moving his hand.

She said that when she was 13 years old Reilly talked with her about sex. According to the report, Reilly showed her how to masturbate, she watched as he masturbated himself in front of her. He also talked to her about foreplay and how to masturbate herself. Reilly then told victim 2 how to use a condom and how to use the pull out method.

Victim 3, 18 now, said she was 9 years old when Reilly sexually assaulted her. According to the report, she said she was a close friend of the Reilly family and of Reilly's step-daughter.

She said she and Reilly's step-daughter were laying in Reilly's bed watching television when Reilly came in and told his step-daughter to go take a bath. According to the report, after Reilly's step-daughter left the room he began to rub her in a sexual way.

Victim 3, according to the report, said she told her mother about the incident about a year ago. She said she then confronted Reilly about what he did to her but he would not talk about it.

The final victim was interviewed by CACD Investigator Stan Rogers on March 26. Victim 4 is 14 years old and said she was sexually assaulted by Reilly beginning when she was 11 years old.

According to the report, she said the incidents occurred at the Reilly home, while she was there as a guest. Victim 4 said she was in Reilly's bed at least five different times when he would snuggle up to her. Reilly would then start touching and rubbing her breast and butt through her clothing.

According to the report, she said he would put his hands under her shirt and shorts to rub her butt, but she had panties and a bra on and he didn't not touch her breast directly.

Reilly was arrested March 30, and his bond was set at $25,000. He bonded out and is expected to be present for his first court appearance in April.

Reilly resigned as the OEM Coordinator for Sharp County a year ago, according to Sharp County Judge Larry Brown. Brown said Reilly was still acting as the Fire Service

Coordinator at no salary and the county was paying his health insurance.

"I have talked to Mr. Reilly since (his arrest) and suspended him until this matter is resolved," Brown said. "He turned over all of the equipment to Gene Moore (current OEM) and Gene will be filling this position until we decide what we're going to do."

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I think when people does things of this nature there is probably more victims, that never come foward. He has always had a fettish with young girls. I have lived in sharp co. a long time and have always seen him with young girls which obviously looked not right in my eyes. and whats wrong with these parents letting a young child sleep with a man of his age anyway. Parents of young children should be more aware of there childrens surroundings, I have young grandkids and I would never let mine ride in the vichile down the road much less stay at someones house like that. He needs to be punished to the full extent of the law. I am apauled that he can still be on the fire dept. I know that people take young children to the fire meetings and he shouldn't be allowed to be around small kids or teenagers. I would even question being around adults alone...

-- Posted by toofine on Wed, Apr 15, 2009, at 4:44 PM

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