SIERRA MADRE – A convicted child molester who served eight years in federal prison has been released and has registered with the Sierra Madre Police Department, officials said.
Because of the severity of his crimes, the last address for Andrew West Reid Jr., 60, has been released under Megan’s Law on the California Attorney General’s website, at meganslaw.ca.gov. Reid, who legally changed his name to AWest, was sentenced in 2006 for molesting a 6-year-old girl and taking nude photos of her.
He pleaded no contest to two felony counts of commiting lewd acts on a minor and guilty to one count of possession of child pornography. He served three concurrent sentences for the charges.
The girl who was molested was a friend of AWest’s daughter, who also was 6 at the time, court documents show.
AWest worked as the art director for PBS Kids’ “Jay Jay the Jet Plane” animated children’s TV show at the time of his arrest in 2006, according to the show’s website. He was the recipient of two art direction awards for the Disney Channel shows “Rock ’n’ Roll Mother Goose” and “Adventures in Wonderland.”
He also acted as a liaison between the city of Sierra Madre and production companies wanting to film in the area.
“Mr. Reid was not a city employee, but did some independent contractor work 14 years ago as a film coordinator,” said Elaine Aguilar, Sierra Madre’s city manager.
AWest also provided art direction for five music albums that went platinum, according to his biography on PBS. His clients are said to have included Frank Zappa, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Michael Jackson and Fleetwood Mac.
Zappa, who sang with AWest in the late 1980s and early ’90s, referred to him as “Brother A. West” onstage and in song titles.
Sierra Madre's "Building Moratorium" story is being talked about
(Mod: An article published in the Desert Sun - link - about development and a lack of water in the Coachella Valley cited Sierra Madre. Here is how.)
Reacting to the extreme drought in California, some water agencies confronting shortages have taken steps that effectively block new development. The City Council of Sierra Madre, for example, adopted a moratorium on new water service connections in July. In Santa Barbara County, Montecito Water District suspended all applications for new or expanded water service.
In Arizona, the city of Williams announced in February that no new building permits would be issued because its water supplies are dwindling.