South Haven man wants to revoke guilty plea
By Teresa Auch Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org December 26, 2013 11:36PM
Updated: January 28, 2014 6:21AM
A South Haven man who admitted in court that he made and distributed child pornography wants to take back his guilty plea.
Brian A. Reider filed the request on his own, instead of through his attorney, Jennifer Soble, on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Hammond.
Reider, born in 1960, pleaded guilty in 2012 to one count each of producing and distributing child pornography as part of a plea agreement with federal attorneys. He was arrested in May 2011 after an FBI agent found a user connected to Reider’s Internet account was on a file-sharing site sharing pornographic images of boys between the ages of 8 to 13.
When the FBI raided his mobile home, off of U.S. 6, he admitted to not only downloading child pornography but to also having sex with and taking sexual pictures of a 12-year-old boy he had met at a BMX park. He was already being investigated in Illinois for having sex with the child.
The charges Reider pleaded guilty to call for a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison with a maximum of 30 years. However, federal attorneys agreed in the deal to possibly recommend that he be sentenced below the mandatory minimum if he cooperated.
The agreement also called for Reider to register as a sex offender and serve 20 years under supervised release after any prison sentence.
A date for a sentencing hearing has not been set.