Truth or dare game leads to charges, arrest

Friday, June 11, 2010

A Lewisburg woman surrendered herself to city police on Wednesday, knowing a detective had a warrant charging her with soliciting sexual exploitation of two foster children under her care.

Crystal Danielle Reeves, 23, who was living in a house on West End Avenue North, was arrested by Lewisburg Police Detective Santiago McKlean who had her booked at the Marshall County Jail where she was released on $16,000 bond.

"As a result of our investigation, the suspect was arrested and charged with soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor," Police Chief Chuck Forbis said. "The suspect in this case encouraged and allowed juveniles to have sex while she watched."

The foster children in this case are a teenage boy and a teenage girl.

McKlean explained that Reeves and the foster children were playing a game of truth or dare at about 11 p.m. on May 9. Reeves and a woman who owns the house were foster parents for the minors.

"I could tell the lady (who owns the house) was in shock about this and couldn't believe what had happened," McKlean said Thursday. "Crystal has no other criminal record."

No charge was filed against the homeowner.

Lewisburg Police received information about the alleged chain of events from the state Department of Children's Services and McKlean worked with DCS Investigator Susan Frank of the special investigations unit based at the DCS office of child safety in Waynesboro.

The children have been removed from the home, McKlean said. The soliciting charge is a felony. A charge alleging neglect was filed. It's a misdemeanor.

Reeves is scheduled for a June 29 hearing in Marshall County General Sessions Court.