CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Logan County home confinement officer said that a woman accused him of repeatedly forcing her to have oral sex with him as part of a conspiracy to get a cash award in a civil lawsuit.
John Phillip Reed, 73, is on trial this week in federal court in Charleston on allegations that he coerced April Tomblin Chafin to have oral sex with him in his office and threatened to take steps to send her to jail if she refused.
Chafin sued Reed and the Logan County Commission last year. She alleged that the county's failure to properly train Reed contributed to her being assaulted.
"This case is a case about clearing the name of a good man," Reed's lawyer, Billie Jo Streyle, said Wednesday. "Justice in this case is to give this man his name back."
In April 2009, while she was on home confinement on charges of attempted grand larceny, Chafin reportedly stepped out of range of her ankle monitor to drink beer with a neighbor, according to court records.
The next morning, Reed called Chafin into his office and told her to close and lock his office door. No other employees were at the office at the time, said Chafin's lawyer, Kerry Nessle.
Reed questioned Chafin about stepping out of range and then told her that "if you would give me [oral sex], then I won't send you to jail," court records state.
Chafin reluctantly complied. Afterward, she did not report the incident to police because she had a pending charge against her and she believed she would go to jail for leaving her home. Reed, who wore a badge and a service weapon, also intimidated her, Nessle said.
The next month, Reed helped Chafin get a job at a local market and asked her to come back to the office to fill out paperwork. Reed told her that she "owed" him, Nessle said, and again forced her to perform oral sex.
Once again, the following month, Reed called Chafin to the home confinement office for a drug screening, and allegedly told the woman that he had control over whether she went to jail or not.
"This is all up to me," Reed said, according to court records. "I can get you released on home confinement [or], you know, I can give you a bad report and have you sent to jail."
He beckoned Chafin behind the table with him, unzipped his pants and once again forced her to have oral sex, court records state.