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November 7, 2013

Mom, man she met online to stand trial on child sex charge

By Brian Louwers
C & G Staff Writer

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Mom, man she met online to stand trial on child sex charge
Edward Reardon, 26, of Lincoln Park, and Jennifer Brys, 26, of Warren, waived their rights to a preliminary examination Nov. 7 and will now stand trial in Macomb County Circuit Court on charges of using a computer to commit a crime and child sexually abusive activity.

WARREN — A mother and the man she allegedly planned to let shower with her 4-year-old daughter for cash have waived their rights to a show-cause hearing and will now stand trial on felony child sex charges.

Jennifer Brys, 26, of Warren, and Edward Reardon, 26, of Lincoln Park, were back in the 37th District Court Nov. 7 where they both were charged late last month with child sexually abusive activity and using a computer to commit a crime. Both charges are 20-year felonies.

Warren police and Macomb County prosecutors alleged Brys and Reardon met online and communicated by text message before allegedly agreeing to meet in early September. Warren police said the exchange began with Brys placing an ad offering sex in exchange for money, but that the communication evolved to focus on Reardon’s alleged interest in her 4-year-old daughter.

Police said Reardon allegedly offered up to $600 for a chance to shower with the girl, and that Brys and Reardon had set up a date and time for the encounter to take place. The plan was reportedly derailed when the girl’s father found text messages about the arrangement on Brys’ phone and contacted police.

The ensuing investigation revealed that Reardon was arrested in late September on a federal case related to his alleged communication with what he believed was a 15-year-old girl in Nebraska.  According to U.S. District Court records, Reardon was freed on a $10,000 bond pending a federal indictment and placed on a tether.

Defense attorney Derik Girwood asked 37th District Court Judge Matthew Sabaugh to allow his client to go free on bond pending resolution of the local case, as he had been allowed to do in the federal case. Sabaugh denied the request after an objection by Assistant Macomb County Prosecuting Attorney Bill Harding, chief of Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith’s Internet and ID Theft Unit.

“He is awaiting indictment on those (federal) charges and that highlights the reason for our opposition to the bond reduction in this case,” Harding said. “Mr. Reardon poses a threat to the safety of the public if he’s released.”

Sabaugh also denied defense attorney Christine Grand’s request to set a “much more reasonable bond, if not a personal bond” for Brys.

“She wanted to get out on bond,” Grand said outside of the courtroom. “No one is going to be happy about staying in jail.”

Harding added, “The allegation in this case is that the defendant was offering herself and her 4-year-old daughter for sex to Mr. Reardon, the co-defendant. The very nature of that conduct indicates that Ms. Brys poses a threat to the safety of the public.”

Brys’ daughter was reportedly placed in the custody of her maternal grandmother.

Both Brys and Reardon remained held in the Macomb County Jail on $500,000 cash bonds pending resolution of the case in Macomb County Circuit Court.

Reardon was next scheduled to appear in Circuit Court at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 18. Brys was ordered to appear separately a week later, at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 25.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Brian Louwers at brianlouwers@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1089.