Foster parent indicted for Child Abuse
The father of a Jackson County family known for fostering children has been indicted for a host of child abuse charges.
John Stanley Reece, 55, was indicted in the Jackson County Criminal Court earlier this month for child abuse and neglect, aggravated domestic assault by strangulation and sexual battery by an authority figure.
The victim was a child in his care, according to the indictment.
Reece was arrested Nov. 4 with $25,000 bond, which he posted and has since been released.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will not confirm or deny if the children are still in the Reece’s care.
“Due to the ongoing nature of this investigation, we’re limited as to the information we can provide at this stage,” said TBI Public Information Officer Susan Niland.
The TBI began investigating Reece in September.
“During the course of the investigation, agents developed information that indicated the victim was a child in Reece’s care,” the TBI release states.
According to an article published in the Herald-Citizen in June, the Reece family has 11 children in their care — some are foster children while others were adopted by the family.