On Tuesday, November 10, 2015, PCSO Computer Crimes detectives obtained a Polk County warrant for the arrest of 31-year-old Steven Wayne Reid of 14 Woodcrest Road SE in Acworth, GA, for one count each Threats or Extortion (F-2), Unlawful Use of Two-Way Communication Device (F-3), Use of Computer to Seduce a Child (F-3), and Transmission of Material Harmful to Minor (F-3).
The same day, Bartow County (GA) Sheriff’s Office deputies placed Reid under arrest without incident. PCSO detectives traveled to Acworth, GA, and assisted the Bartow County investigators with interviewing Reid.
“This man, sitting in his house in north Georgia, pretended to be a juvenile on social media to befriend, and then threaten, extort, and solicit, a young Polk County girl. As scary as that was for the victim, we are so proud her for immediately telling our deputy. We are afraid there are other juveniles Steve Reid has victimized – the investigation is ongoing, and he will be charged accordingly.” – Sheriff Grady Judd
According to the affidavit, on November 5, 2015, a 13-year-old female 8th grade Polk County student alerted her school resource deputy that she was contacted the day before (on November 4th) via the mobile phone messaging application “KIK” by someone claiming to be a 14-year-old girl named “Laura” with the KIK username “laura_hench14” who was extorting her to send nude images.
According to the affidavit, soon after “Laura” initiated a conversation with the victim, “Laura” sent the victim an image of a Facebook profile with the victims’ face on it, and said, “So listen. I’m gonna make a Facebook with your pic. I can’t stand you at school. I like you so much but you don’t notice me. So I want to see your bra. If you do that then I’ll leave it at that. But if you refuse then I’ll do something crazy like make a Facebook saying you hate