AUSTIN (KXAN) — Former Austin Fire Department arson investigator Marcus Reed was sentenced on a charge of “attempt to commit sexual assault” to four years probation Friday, after a 2017 incident where Reed was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his work vehicle.
The woman told police she stopped in the middle of the Interstate 35 frontage road at East St. Elmo Road in southeast Austin after she had an argument with a friend.
In 2019, Reed was convicted of “official oppression and aggravated perjury, but a mistrial was declared on the sex assault charge.
The woman who brought the charges forward said Reed pulled up behind her in his work truck, flashed his emergency lights and drove her to a nearby parking lot. The victim told police she believed Reed was a police officer because of his uniform and badge. He allegedly drove her to a shopping center parking lot at 4401 Freidrich Lane where he sexually assaulted her.
The woman has since come forward, speaking to KXAN about her disappointment in the plea agreement.
“It wasn’t easy for me to come out and follow through with all the steps needed to come out and make the case,” she said. “So initially when they told me they were gonna give him a plea agreement, I didn’t care how long the extra trial was going to take. I think that’s something that I’m never going to have closure on.”
She expressed the same sentiment during Friday’s sentencing, calling Reed’s punishment “a shame.”
During investigations, she picked Reed out from a photo lineup with 99% certainty, according to a police affidavit. Hours after the alleged assault, Reed logged into the Austin Police Department’s secured reporting database and searched the woman’s information, police said.
After the woman came forward in that case, another was brought to light and Reed was also charged with indecency with a child. That charge, later changed to “enticing a child” in a plea deal, also came with a four year probation sentence handed down Friday.
Reed will serve the sentences concurrently and will have to register as a sex offender.
The Travis County District Attorney’s Office released the following statement about the case.
“Our hearts go out to the victims and families involved in this case. The victims had to wait many years for justice, and they endured an entire trial, only to start over again. Now that the process is complete, Mr. Reed has been convicted of official oppression, aggravated perjury, and will be a registered sex offender.”Travis County District Attorney’s Office
Since the mistrial, the DA’s office as well as the Austin Police Department have made changes to keep sex assault cases victim-focused.