On Monday, Edgartown District Court Judge Benjamin Barnes continued a probable cause hearing for Felix Reagan to July 9. Reagan is facing 26 charges, including rape, indecent assault and battery on a person 14 years or older, the photographing of an unsuspecting nude person, and the dissemination of those photographs, according to court records. Reagan is currently being held for dangerousness.
Defense attorney Robb Moriarty asked that Reagan be released with conditions. “He’s been locked up. He does not pose a danger,” Moriarty said, adding that the commonwealth keeps moving for dangerousness and continues to have Reagan held.
Reagan has been held in jail since December, when he was arraigned for charges of kidnapping, breaking and entering, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
In May, Barnes ruled that Reagan would continue to be held without bail. At a previous dangerousness hearing on Jan. 8, Barnes ruled that Reagan was a danger based on prior charges of kidnapping, breaking and entering at night, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (butcher knife), and ordered that he be held for up to 120 days. At that time, Barnes also granted a one-year restraining order against Reagan for the protection of the alleged victim.
Barnes said the commonwealth waited until the end of Reagan’s 120-day dangerousness lockup before bringing to light new allegations to keep him locked up for another 120 days.
Moriarty said the alleged victim was manipulating the system.
“This is not as if this is just a one-off with Mr. Reagan. His name basically takes up this entire docket,” Assistant District Attorney Michael Preble said. “He’s not some poor unfortunate soul.”
Preble added that the alleged victim was not trying to “game the system,” but that she has a history with Reagan, and that information comes out as time goes on. “I do believe he poses a danger based on the record of facts,” Preble said.
Barnes decided to continue Reagan’s probable cause hearing to July 9, and that he continue to be held in jail, based on the findings of the previous dangerousness hearing.