Hillsborough teacher accused of choking woman in a bar

Full story: tampabay.com

Kenneth L. Reed, 31, of Tampa, was arguing with a woman at Yard of Ale bar, 406 S Howard Ave., Thursday about 10:30 p.m. when he grabbed the woman by the throat and choked her, an arrest report states.
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Carol Mitchell

New Port Richey, FL

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Mar 16, 2013
 
I am very familiar with the manipulative Kenneth L. Reed, a teacher at Steinbrenner High School who has been accused of choking a woman at a bar on March 14, 2013. My daughter is in the middle of a divorce with Kenneth L. Reed; after reading this article I must say it does not surprise me at all. He manipulated my daughter for years, destroyed her self esteem and threatened her many times. Unfortunately, she lived in so much fear to the point that she felt unable to tell anyone. He is now onto his next victim, what is so scary about this entire situation is that he is able to control people to where he is always getting away with the torture he places upon them. He comes off as a "Kentucky Gentlemen" (that is how he describes himself on Match.com ).In my opinion his is a sociopath that only cares for himself and money. Since he is a teacher at Steinbrenner High School, I my opinion he possibly places many young women at risk through his manipulative ways. I read that the girl who he has been accused of choking is now seeking to have the charges dropped; she too has fallen under his manipultaive ways. Hopefully the court system will see through this and serve the proper justice and the Hillsborough County School system will discharge him before he has a chance to harm a student.
Carol Mitchell

New Port Richey, FL

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Mar 18, 2013
 
Received a copy of the police report. According to the eye witness who knew neither party, Ken Reed, a teacher at Steinbrenner High School did use physical force and attempted to drag the victim from the bar with his arm under her throat, once she fell to the ground he then picked her up in a firemans arm position at that time secuirty arrived and fled the scene! It's a shame through his sociopath ways he has convinced the victim she is the one at fault; therefore she is seeking to have the charges dropped. She stated in the police report "I'm going to tell them everything" and told the responding officer Ken Reed had choked her to a point where she could not breathe and fell to the ground. She also stated she would prosecute and this was not the first time he had been physical. I feel sorry for the victim, she apparently has been physically abused by this person more than once but still feels compelled to protect him. Hopefully the court system will stop him before the physical abuse worsens or possibly turns on a student. Sociopath's lack remorse, shame, guilt, show rage and abuse, never recognize the rights of others, maniupulative, conning, appear to be charming, yet covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument. Can create and get caught up in a complex belief about their own powers and abilties. In my opinion Ken Reed possess all these "wonderful" qualities! What a role model for the students at Steinbrenner High school!

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Mar 19, 2013
 

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The last time I was choking a woman at the bar I just backed up an inch and a half.
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Tampa, FL

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Apr 4, 2013
 
Although these allegations create this air of nothing but evil, he was still a stand up guy and a positive role model at school. He showed his good qualities and never manipulated took advantage of any student. He may have a private life outside of school, but in the classroom he is someone you looked up to and maybe even wanted to be like. His mistakes can't be forgotten, but students still adore him. And no, that does not mean we want to go out and choke someone just because he did. We realize that's a bad thing.
Carol Mitchell

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Apr 4, 2013
 
It appears you only know the side Mr. Reed chooses to show in class; my family saw that side of him for about 2 1/2 years then had the unfortunate "opportunity" to meet the REAl Ken Reed. He manipulates women and attempts to destroy anything or anyone which gets in his way. Fortunately my daughter was able to break away from this disturbed person before he destroyed her. Kenneth L Reed truly does need some mental help; I have tried to reach out to his family and his curent girlfriend, but they too have fallen under his manipulative ways. I am sure there will come a time when he will "go to far", hoefully it will not end tragically for his "then" victim and their family. Yes, thus far he has been to be accused of raping a 17 year old girl at a faternity house, gotten a girl pregnant and left her parents to raise the little boy (he has never had anything to do with his 9 year old son and only started paying child support after he was forced to), been arreested a few other times but he always seems to worm his way out of every situation and then have the arrests esponged so he can move forward with teaching. He has degrated his students by posting things about them on facebook from time to time and posted "he is smarter than anyone else at his school!" These are a few of the many things that I know to be TRUE about Ken Reed, a person that some think of as a great role model and teacher!
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Apr 4, 2013
 

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I find your comments extremly difficult to swallow, Carol. I've known Mr. Reed for a few years now. Although I don't know him like a close friend would, I certainly do not suspect the manipulative qualities you say he projects onto others, not even of the slightest. Mr. Reed has shown nothing but compassion and care for his students. I don't know him outside of school, that is very true. But I don't like to think he puts on this drastic persona being nothing but nice to teens like myself, then leaving school and lying, manipulating, and hurting others. To imagine that he is a deadbeat father who raped a young adult woman in his earlier years is completely absurd. I am not denying the truth, because I don't know the truth. All I'm saying is that I can't picture Mr. Reed as a man with the qualities you say he possess. Also, I'm sensing huge exaggerations in your claims due the bias of you being the mother of one of his past partners. Without proof of your statements listed above, I refuse to believe that Mr. Reed is as pathetic of a person that you say he is.
Kenny

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"Carol" you are truly a very sad person.
Carol Mitchell

New Port Richey, FL

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Apr 5, 2013
 
If "Kenny" is Kenneth L. Reed, the person this article was written about this is my answer to you....YOU are a pathetic coward! You don't even have the nerve to post your full name as I did, but then the difference is I speak the truth and you hide behind your victimes and have everything esponged! I am a hard working, law abiding citizen who is compasionate. We treated you like a son until we realized the truth about you. Everything I have posted about you is the truth....I have documentation to prove every single word and you know this is true because it is your life!

Here is a recap:

To rape a 17 year old girl, disown and show zero feelings for your own son who to this day ask his grandfather and I quote "why doesn't my dad ever call me or send me a birthday card", verbally abuse my daughter, cheat on her time after time with another teacher (the one you chocked), force my daughter to work 4 jobs and when that wasn't enough send her over to borrow money to pay the bills while you pocketed all your income in a private account, "make fun" of your students on face book, attempt to choke your current girlfriend and run away from the scene tells me you are a pathetic little worthless coward. Hopefully someday you will pay for your crimes or at least be locked up while you receive mental help!

It's time to start being a MAN...own up to your responsiblity as a father, stop mentally and physically abusing women, and get some mental help!!

Carol Mitchell

New Port Richey, FL

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Apr 6, 2013
 
I do want to clairfy on the rape charge he was arrested, but after several thousand dollars of cost, it was dropped; therefore Ken Reed had this incident esponged so it would not show up on his record. In my opinion, esponging is something that should not be permitted! If you have been arrested, this information should always be there for the public to be made aware of. When approached about it, the arrested person should then have the opportunity to explain their situation. But then that's just the opinon of a law abiding person who has never been arrested for anything!
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Tampa, FL

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Apr 6, 2013
 
While you berate Mr. Reed for his bad qualities and accuse him of not being a proper role model you should as well reflect on your own actions. Going out of your way to reveal highly private, highly sensitive information about a person and calling him "a pathetic coward". Mr. Reed serves as a better role model to us, than you serve to all reading this thread. And Mr. Reed probably is the smartest person at the school. The guy's a genius and that's why he teaches the highest level of math offered at our school.
Carol Mitchell

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Apr 6, 2013
 
To the "student" above: The information I am providing to the public is to protect the students he comes in touch with! Everything I have posted about him is true and I have legal documentation to prove it. I would be more than happy to attend a PTA meeting and provide this documentation! For you to say Mr. Reed is probably the smartest person at the school and a genius tells me one of two things you are Mr. Reed or you are a victim of his! He stated at the time of arrest he is a teacher at Freedom High School, which means he either lied or lacks the intelligence to remember the fact that he has been a teacher at Steinbrenner High school for almost three years! He has you fooled as he once did I.
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Lutz, FL

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Apr 7, 2013
 
Carol you seem like a psycho. How would you know the 17 year old girl "he has a child with"
Anon

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Apr 7, 2013
 
Apparently this girlfriend of his is married as well
Carol Mitchell

New Port Richey, FL

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Apr 8, 2013
 
To Someone in Lutz, Ken Reed was married to my daughter for over a year before he told her about the child; at that time the child was around 7. The birth certificate has dates and ages, she was 17 when she became pregnant, Mr. Reed was around 21! I am not a physco, just a mother who cares and was willing to do some research; it is public knowledge you just have to know where to find it.

The problem with many in today's society, they would rather not take the time to help others or just focus only what directly affects them: its just easier that way!

Anon, Yes at the time his girlfriend was married, she since filed for divorce, again public knowledge.

This is my last response: anyone who doubts anything I have said I would like to invite you to court in Pasco County on Little Road, New Port Richey, FL on May 6th. the truth will be presented to the judge and the true Ken Reed will be exposed! He is an evil selfish person who needs help.

You've heard the saying....you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink!
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Apr 8, 2013
 
Carol, I want links or all your claims are false. Let's go. Chop chop.
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Apr 10, 2013
 
I agree with burn notice carol you are trying so hard to tell us students to beware of mr reed.Beware of what! He's one of the nicest teachers at the school. And none of his charges are public knowledge and how do you know all this info put your time elsewhere not on ruining a mans life who helps all go us students.
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Tampa, FL

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Apr 13, 2013
 
Please Carol I would like to see legitimate proof about these extreme accusations.
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Apr 13, 2013
 
Mr. Reed''s intelligence is undisputed. And everything about him at school makes him one of the best teachers at school. His behavior and motivation to help students makes him respected.
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Apr 13, 2013
 
Mr. Reed once gave me a ham sandwich right before a Calc BC test and I scored a 100%, so he's cool in my book.
Calc kid who misses reed

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Apr 13, 2013
 
I'm pretty the students won this one. Idk carol's statements just seem so unreal, backed by absolutely zero proof what oever

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