Reed signals readiness to change plea in child sex trafficking case

Kena Reed
Kena Reed

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — A Pike County woman accused of child sex trafficking now appears ready to enter a guilty plea.

Attorneys for Kena Reed, 28, of Pinson Fork, filed a motion on Wednesday asking to set a re-arraignment hearing so she can enter a binding plea in the case. A judge allowed the request and scheduled a hearing for Friday afternoon.

Reed is charged with sex trafficking of a minor, production and distribution of child pornography, interstate transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. Her trial was set to begin June 7.

She is accused of trading sexual images of herself and a minor to Jacob West, 33, of Pinson Fork, for pills. West is accused of stealing 5,000 pills from the South Williamson Food City.

Both were originally charged with human trafficking and other charges in Pike Circuit Court back in 2019, but Reed’s case was picked up by federal authorities last August.

West’s case remains pending in Pike Circuit Court. He is next scheduled to appear in court on June 11.