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Father accused of beating convicted sex offender

1-8-2004 Florida:

Gainesville man was arrested Tuesday morning after authorities said he used an ax handle to beat up a convicted sexual offender who authorities said touched his son.

Roosevelt Henry Reed, 29, just moved into a halfway house at 1580 SE 33rd St. on Monday, Alachua County Sheriff's Lt. Jim Troiano said. Reed got out of prison in July after serving a five-year sentence for lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 16, according to Department of Corrections records.

An 11-year-old boy was staying at the halfway house, which is owned and operated by the boy's relatives.

The boy woke up at about 2 a.m. Tuesday to find a man rubbing his stomach and leg, Troiano said. He screamed and another man sleeping in the room woke up and yelled at the man, who fled. Relatives called the boy's

father, who found Reed walking in the 2300 block of Hawthorne Road. The man hit Reed several times with an ax handle.

Reed was treated by paramedics and then arrested on charges of battery and burglary.

The boy's father, whose name The Sun is withholding to protect the identity of the victim, was arrested on charges of aggravated battery.

Troiano said that while the father's feelings are understandable, authorities can't allow that kind of vengeance.

Reed won't be allowed to return to the halfway house or to go anywhere near the boy, Troiano said. And while some sexual offenders aren't allowed near children, Reed had no such prohibition, Troiano said. Reed has served two prison sentences for lewd and lascivious acts on children. ..more.. by KATHY CIOTOLA

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