HEBER CITY — A former part-time employee at the Heber City Animal Shelter was offering to "sign off" on community service hours for women in exchange for sexual favors, according to charging documents.
Aaron Kip Reid, 41, of Heber City, was charged Thursday in 4th District Court with forcible sex abuse, a second-degree felony, and solicitation of a bribe by a public official, a third-degree felony.
Reid was an employee at Heber Valley Animal Services, which is managed by the Heber City Police Department. At least two women who were working at the shelter as part of their drug court probation claimed Reid offered to write off some of their community service hours in exchange for sexual favors, according to charging documents.
Both women declined Reid's offer and eventually finished their hours at another location because they felt uncomfortable working with him, the charges state.
One 24-year-old woman told police that Reid started "coming onto" her the first day she started working, the charges state.
"Kip always found opportunity to be alone with her and say things that were inappropriate," according to the charges.
"I could get in a lot of trouble because of a girl like you," Reid told the woman, the charges state.
On another occasion, the woman secretly recorded a conversation with Reid. On the recording, Reid tells the woman she can "be my toy" and that he would "put strings on your arms" and be "the puppet master," according to the charges.
Another woman told police that "Kip was a creep and would always hit on her," the charges state.
That woman said Reid "repeatedly told (her) that he would just sign off on her hours if she went into the office with him," according to the charges.Comment on this story
Reid resigned from the shelter after an internal affairs investigation was launched regarding similar allegations, according to court records.
When police contacted Reid, he referred them to his attorney. The officer noted to Reid that he seemed to know why he was calling.
"Kip said, 'Yes,' that it was based on some allegations against him when he worked at the animal shelter," the charges state.
Park City police were asked to conduct the investigation to avoid the appearance of a conflict. Charges were referred to the Wasatch County Attorney's Office.