Jason Reid, former lieutenant and SWAT commander with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), appeared in Lincoln County Superior Court Monday for plea hearing related to charges while Reid was a captain with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO).
Reid pleaded guilty to one felony count of larceny and two misdemeanor counts, one for cyberstalking and one for willfully failing to discharge his duties.
The sentence includes 30 months of supervised probation and 240 hours of community service, to be completed in the next 12 months. Reid is to surrender his law enforcement certification this week and will be required to pay probation and community service fees. In addition, Reid will be required to submit to drug testing and must surrender any firearms he owns. He won’t be allowed to have any contact with the victim in this case.
According to reports from the Hickory Daily Record, a former girlfriend of Reid reported to the LCSO that she’d found a tracking device on her vehicle in 2017. The case was turned over to the attorney general’s office and the SBI.
The facts of the case, as presented by the state attorney general’s Special Prosecutor Boz Zellinger include that Reid and the ex-girlfriend dated for more than a year. She received a text message from Reid with a photo of her car parked at her boyfriend’s house. Upon returned to the home, the tracking device was found.
The SBI, with help from the FBI, determined that the tracking device had gone missing from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office around the time the device was found on the victim’s vehicle.
In April 2018, a search warrant executed by the SBI at the CCSO was met with resistance from then-Sheriff Coy Reid, Jason’s father. After officials received the records, FBI analysts mapped Reid’s location when he received notification from the tracking device that the victim’s car was in Lincoln County.
In 2018, Reid was charged with one felony count each of embezzlement by a local officer and felony count of larceny. He also was charged with one misdemeanor count each of cyberstalking, stalking and willfully failing to discharge duties.
Reid’s lack of prior convictions was a factor in his sentencing.
Catawba County’s current Sheriff Don Brown issued the following statement regarding Reid’s guilty plea:
“Today closes an unfortunate chapter which has affected the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, law enforcement and the county as a whole. Events like this have a profound impact on the public’s trust in law enforcement. When I took office in December of last year I immediately ordered an internal investigation into this matter and other allegations of criminal conduct. Today, with the conclusion of our investigations and the guilty plea in Lincoln County, we can now move forward. It has been and will continue to be a priority of mine to restore and build public trust and confidence in the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.”