BELFAST, Maine — A Searsmont man with a history of sex offenses that stretches back three decades is being sent back to prison to finish out an eight-year sentence after inappropriately touching a woman, and is worried that he’ll die in custody, according to his lawyer.

Glenn Reed, 69, will spend the next 6 years and 10 months in prison after violating the terms of his probation three times in less than four months.

Reed appeared in Belfast District Court Wednesday afternoon wearing an orange jail jumpsuit and shackles around his ankles.

Reed was arrested in February after a female relative told police Reed had touched her inappropriately while the two were sitting in a vehicle. He had just been released from jail in December 2016, less than a year into his suspended 8-year sentence for unlawful sexual contact against an 11-year-old girl. Reed pleaded no contest to that charge in Waldo County Superior Court in March 2016.

Two weeks into an agreed-upon stay of Reed’s imprisonment for the offense against the 11-year-old, the court found Reed wasn’t taking the prescribed drugs required by his probation or keeping a log of those drugs, so he was ordered to start his sentence. That was the first probation violation, Waldo County Assistant District Attorney Neil McLean told the judge.

Reed was released in October 2016, but a month later he violated probation a second time by “having devices and drugs he shouldn’t have had,” according to McLean. He was sent back to jail, but was released again in December.

In February, he was arrested for a far more serious violation when he inappropriately touched the female relative. This one was a “cardinal offense,” according to McLean, because it not only was the third probation violation in the space of just a few months, but it also was similar to the offense he originally committed.

“He’s shown an inability to take responsibility for his actions,” McLean said.

The state wanted Reed to finish out the full remainder of his 8-year sentence in prison.

Reed’s defense attorney, Hunter Tzovarras of Bangor, asked Superior Court Justice Robert Murray to consider a shorter term of imprisonment, arguing that serving the remaining 6 years and 10 months would “effectively be a death sentence.”

Tzovarras, who said his client turns 70 in November, said his client believed he wouldn’t survive to age 76, and would never set foot outside prison again. He also worried about being assaulted by other inmates, according to Tzovarras.

“[Reed’s] age didn’t prevent him from committing these infractions,” McLean countered, telling the judge that the ages of Reed’s victims, one a family member in her 20s and the other an 11-year-old girl, carry more weight and show that another early release would put the public at risk.

Murray said Reed had the opportunity to prove he could live up to the terms of his release, and he failed three times, and ordered a full revocation of his probation.

Reed’s record of convictions for violent sexual crimes stretches back more than 30 years, to a 1983 conviction for raping a teenage hitchhiker he had picked up in Lincolnville.

In 2013, he was convicted of unlawful sexual touching, assault and disorderly conduct after going up to a 27-year-old store clerk in Belfast and telling her he needed a hug. Reed then assaulted her by fondling and grabbing her.

His full criminal history has amassed over nearly five decades. In 1969, he was convicted of disorderly conduct. He was convicted of the same offense in 1971 and 1972 before being convicted of grand larceny and assaulting a police officer in 1973.

In 1985 he was convicted of arson and tampering with a witness. He was convicted of several less serious crimes throughout the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, including many probation violations.

To reach a sexual assault advocate, call the Statewide Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Line at 800-871-7741, TTY 888-458-5599. This free and confidential 24-hour service is accessible from anywhere in Maine. Calls are automatically routed to the closest sexual violence service provider.

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