Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Did "AWest" Ever Work For The City Of Sierra Madre?

How "AWest" depicts himself
The latest child pornographer to return home to Sierra Madre is a fellow who prefers to be called AWest. Which is also what they called him at the Mountain Views News. I guess it's because they've embraced a kind of a rock n' roll scene hip factor. A little more on that later.

But just so you are in the know about all of this, the name his momma gave him is Andrew West Reid Jr., and he is right around 60 years old now. Something that makes his penchant for naked pictures of very young children all the more wretched. Including pictures of the 6 year old girl he went to prison for sexually molesting. More on that later as well.

Fortunately Andrew W. Reid is now a registered sex offender, a designation that was hung around his neck by the Courts. Unlike Bob Matheson who, because he was convicted for his deviant crimes in a Canadian court, was able to connive his way into a pass on so demeaning a designation here in Sierra Madre. I guess it really does pay to have friends, and apparently Mr. Matheson had enough of them.

Andrew West Reid II, just so you know, does have a colorful employment history. Here is how his exciting art and music career is described on a website dedicated to the memory of the legendary Southern California rock impresario, Frank Zappa (link).

"Brother A. West" album art
Brother A. West (Andrew West Reid Jr ) illustrated The Real Frank Zappa Book, and "Broadway the Hard Way".  He also delivered a stirring revival onstage with the Zappa group in Philadelphia on February 14th, 1988.  This magic moment was captured to tape and reproduced for your amusement on the album, "The Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life".

He also performed with Zappa at the March 25, 1988, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY, show.

Variously known as Brother A.West, Brother Awest or Brother AWest. "Brother A. West" provided graphic design and vocal for Broadway The Hard Way. The result of a stirring revival onstage with The Mothers in Philadelphia on February 14th, 1988.

The "Brother A. West World Salivation Ministry" is a comedy troupe that has opened for a number of different punk bands in the mid 80's.  

 Scoutmaster [Billy Jim Vaughn (http://www.scoutingmagazine.org/issues/0301/a-time.html)] recalls:

One boy he listened to in 1969 wanted to be an artist. He gave the Scout every job in the troop that required drawing or painting. Most important, he assured the boy that he could be an artist by working hard and believing in himself. "He was able to give me enough confidence to go forward and follow my talent and follow my heart," says that boy, now grown up and working under the professional name of Brother Awest. Now an artist and production designer in television, movies, and music, he lives in Sierra Madre, Calif.

Unfortunately for Mr A. West Reid, not everybody in the world was all that enamored of his claims to countercultural and media fame. And when it was discovered that this artist of underground renown was in the possession of a copious amounts of child pornography, he was thrown into jail for a few years.

Here is how that event was described by the Napa Valley Register in April of 2006 (link):

Ex-kid show artist arrested for child porn
SIERRA MADRE — An award-winning children's television artist was arrested for alleged possession and production of kid porn.

Andrew West Reid Jr., 52, known professionally as Awest, had pornographic images of children on his computer and digital cameras seized from his Sierra Madre home, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said Tuesday.

Reid, who was arrested Tuesday while visiting someone, was also arrested in January by Pasadena police and charged with molesting a child, Eimiller said.

After an investigation in that case by the FBI and Pasadena police, Reid was arrested by federal agents on the child porn charges, Eimiller said.

Eimiller said Reid has worked extensively in the record industry and last worked in production design and art direction for children's television programming. Reid worked four years, until 2000, as the city's film coordinator.

"He kind of popped in on the scene, he was the film guy to go to," former Mayor Doug Hayes said. "I didn't know him that well. He was the film guy, that's all people knew him as."

Awest was an art director on the PBS television show "Jay-Jay the Jet Plane," according to the pbskids.com Web site. Reid won two Cable Ace awards in the category of Best Art Direction in a Comedy, Musical or Series for Shelley Duvall's "Rock 'n Roll Mother Goose" and for "Adventures in Wonderland," both on the Disney Channel, the Web site said.

Interesting to see the name of former Mayor Doug Hayes pop up in this article. I'm certain he had no idea about the other kinds of photography this guy had been curating, and was as stunned as everyone else at City Hall by his arrest.

But was Reid really the "film guy to go to" for Sierra Madre? Did he actually work for this city back in the day? According to a Sierra Madre Weekly article from that sad moment in time (link), the answer is yes, he did.

A Former Sierra Madre Film coordinator, known legally as Awest, Ordered to pay $5.4 Million to Victim of Molestation
An 11-year-old girl who was sexually abused by a man who was living in Sierra Madre was awarded $5.4 million by a Pasadena judge Monday according to a report in the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday, Nov. 16.

The artist, who has legally changed his name from Andrew West Reid Jr. to “Awest,” is currently serving an eight-year sentence in federal prison for molesting the girl, who was 6 years old at the time of the crime.

Prosecutors say Awest, who worked in the record industry and in production design and art direction for children’s TV programming, became friends with the girl’s family through his own daughter, who is the same age as the victim.

Sierra Madre Weekly sources confirmed that Awest worked in Sierra Madre as Independent Contractor / Film coordinator for the city in somewhere between 2000-2004, working as liaison with the city and major film studios.

The judge has ordered the now imprisoned California sex offender to pay $5.4 million to the girl he sexually molested and photographed nude.

The victim, now 11 testified during the half-day civil trial. Awest acted as his own attorney and appeared by way of telephone during several hearings in the course of this trial.

Hopefully no CalPERS benefits were allocated to that particular hire. You can link to an appeal decision of the California Appellate Court by clicking here.

Sierra Madre, welcome home your latest prodigal sex criminal. Like I said earlier, unlike Bob Matheson, at least this one has been registered.

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72 comments:

  1. I think it's a good idea that we all be made aware of who is living in this down. I guess if the police won't protect the kids, we just have to do it ourselves. Thanks Tattler for reminding us.

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    1. Anyone know the address where this sicko will be living?

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    2. Last known address: 38 E Mira Monte Ave, according to Megan's Law filings

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  2. From Caroline: the two monstrosities being built on Camillo, one lot up from Grandview, did not go in front of the PC and Danny Castro did not give this a pass. The developer knew the city regulations and did everything as he was allowed. There were two lots of record and as someone earlier posted you can see from google earth the house and garage were very modest. The big mistake here was that the PC did not get the new regulations in place to stop this. We did in the new canyon zone building standards for the second story building envelope and the city now has this for the entire R-1 zone. I am not sure about R-2 and R-3. The second story has to fit in a pulled back area of 45 degrees from a line drawn up 8 ft from the property line.

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    1. There is a large ranch style home which was torn down on south side of Fairview Avenue just east of Michillinda. Very sad...not sure what will replace it.

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  3. 2 "Film Guys" in the city of Sierra Madre, AFN director Bob Matheson and Mr A. West Reid are apparently associated with the dirt crowd. Quotes of a dirt describing how peripheral the relationships were after the fact Mayor Doug Hayes sounds a lot like the story fabricated by Josh Moran before pictures of Josh and Bob Matheson arm in arm having a good time surfaced. Joe Mosca ran to another country with his gay lover and two adopted boys, when Bob Matheson's adventures in Canada were only known to a select few. What is really going on? With so many child molestations happening in Sierra Madre every year since 1956 at either Saint Rita's, The Passionists at Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center, A West's home. the Matheson horror house, and with the ones who have yet to be caught the small town of Sierra Madre must have a concentration of these evil persons. Has Sierr Madre always been the playground for pedifiles? The Sierra Madre police may not require you to register as an offender. A police chief in the past when explaining why Bob Matheson did not have to register said "There are two sides to every story". He must of liked Bobs story better than the Canadian authorities that procsceuted Bob Matheson.

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    1. From the Pasadena Star News:
      Other politicians Thursday sought to distance themselves from Matheson. Although he was supported by Matheson and attended several functions, including one at Matheson's home, Councilman Josh Moran said the longtime resident didn't stand out.

      "I didn't know him at all," Moran said. "He was just another face in the crowd."

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    2. They teach that as a part of the damage control class at Sgt. Schultz University.

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    3. It wasn't the police chief who said that 2 sides junk. It was Matheson himself.

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    4. No my friend it was the Chief Of Police "Sierra Madre" CA in he was quoted AND explained that's why Bob was not required to register as a sex offender.
      If it was just Bob who said it ...well i'm sure Bob is still saying that actually, but the crux of the matter is that the Police Chief of Sierra Madre only made 1 statement directly and it was "There are two sides to every story" end quote. That may well have been the Police Chief quoting Bob Matheson after the "CLOSED DOOR" meeting that they had. In fact I'm sure it was a direct quote from Bob himself, and that just makes it worse.

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    5. Matheson was let off the hook. The big question is why.

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    6. Bob Matheson was the Director of the ARMED FORCES NETWORK. That is why the whole thing was swept under the rug. That black eye for the U.S. Military just does not exist. In fact as a country we are willing to look the other way when it comes to Bob Matheson's pedifilia indiscretions. As a town we continue to look the other way, even now in light of the many many child sexual abuses from Saint Rita's, and Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center that have happened since the construction of the buildings. We as citizens of Sierra Madre continue to tithe to these institutions of abuse, and by way of not speaking up for the abused children in our small town, we are ALL GUILTY. All guilty of allowing the sinister, evil, criminal, enterprises of child pronography and abuse to fester in our midst, quietly we allow it to occur again and again.
      All that is required for EVIL to exist is for GOOD men and women to do nothing.
      Neuroblast Films

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    7. Matheson's "two sides" statement was a carefully veiled threat to certain members of this community about what would happen should the SMPD register him as a sex offender.

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    8. I wonder if the threat came from the downtown dirts? What developer, realtor, or investor would want it publically known that Matheson lived in this community? The property values would go down. Being as he ran with that crowd, perhaps the downtown dirts protected him and told the chief to look the other direction.

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    9. I wouldn't doubt it.

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    10. Doug Hayes and Josh Moran have nothing to do with this. When you guys say it you look like idiots that put your own political axes to grind above the safety of our children.

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    11. The people who put our children at risk are those in Sierra Madre who let Matheson go free. Josh was on the City Council at the time. Buchanan was Mayor. Ask them why Matheson was never registered as a sex offender.

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  4. I guess neither Bob or AWest got permits to film from city hall.

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  5. Here's what the Canadians required:
    "Matheson can't have contact with anyone under the age of 18 and can only go on the Internet for banking purposes. He can't go within 250 metres of parks, playgrounds, pools, daycares, schools and other places frequented by children or hold any paid or volunteer job that would put him in a position of trust over children."
    Why don't we?
    http://thechronicleherald.ca/metro/27273-crown-agrees-california-mans-release-child-porn-charges

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  6. Wow Mod,
    If you upset the trolls yesterday, they are REALLY REALLY going to be upset today!

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    1. Frank Zappa fans aren't going to be happy, either.

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    2. I like the Zappas, especially Moon.

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    3. I thought it was Moon Unit.

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  7. So neighbors around this guy need to be alerted.
    Do the police go door to door with the news in order to keep the kids in the immediate area safe?

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    1. The law requires the sex offender to notify his neighbors

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  8. Abuse Casts a Long Shadow by Changing Children’s Genes
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/body/epigenetics-abuse/

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  9. Ever notice that is the Feds, or even the Canadians, that catch these guys? Never our police department?

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    1. Things that disgust me have a concentration in Sierra Madre.

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  10. An adult who rapes a six year old child deserves the death penalty.

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    1. Or prison until he dies.

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  11. Am I reading these accounts correctly? AWest convicted of raping a child. Matheson convicted of having child porn on his computer. Although both are crimes there is a big difference one is a fantasy, one is reality. The government cannot and should not be the thought police............

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    1. 9:07, seek psychological counseling immediately.

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    2. Better yet, turn yourself in to the SMPD. Tell them how many sides to a story there are.

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  12. I don't think it's a fantasy for the children in the movies they made. Yes I said MADE. They are both FILM MAKERS. Everybody is looking around the molested elephant in the room. It is a very BIG REALITY for ALL the children abused in the production, and distributed films of their abuse for the pleasure of the pedifile film fans.
    Is this Bob?

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    1. No it's not Bob. Is your molested elephant imagined or real? I read possession of child pornography as the charge. Nothing about making movies or distributing pornography.I base my assumptions on what is not what might be.I act on facts I do not react on fantasy.

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    2. Wow. Some cretin is actually defending child pornography. An "industry" where children are exploited, raped and even killed for the titillation of consumers such as Bob Matheson. How exactly did you become just this hideously immoral and ignorant, 9:45?

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    3. I grew up in Sierra Madre!

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    4. Something very few in this community will take pride in, 10:02.

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    5. AnonymousAugust 26, 2014 at 8:23 AM
      Things that disgust me have a concentration in Sierra Madre.

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    6. Matheson is complicit in it when he supports the industry. I don't care if it's a fantasy for him. The industry wouldn't exist without his support and the kids wouldn't get abused by having to make the films. I would also say where there's smoke there's fire. Matheson got caught with the kiddie porn. I would say it's highly unlikely that he confined himself solely to just watching that stuff.

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    7. The fact that they were films not cartoons or computer graphic renderings should be enough for any sane person to realize children were abused in the making of said films, AND ANY solicitation for said films, owning said films, or distributing said films, is part of the "production" of a film because possession of a child pornography film is a felony, and the film is considered contraband. Thus it is an easy connection to place Bob Matheson (AFN Director for the entire U.S. military) as a distributor of child porn. He had a military I.D. that allowed him to travel unobstructed about the globe through out his carer in the Armed Forces Network. The thousands of images and films in his possession should have been enough for that to be a base for distribution due to the fact Bob was quoted as not having viewed the all. Of course not there were too many to have as a personal collection, He was taking them to Canada for distribution. It's a no brainer. It is clear to any person that has paid attention to the Matheson case that his arrest in Canada was not supported by our local police. In fact the Canadian police may have a case against Sierra Madre Police for obstruction.

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    8. Maybe he was doing "research" for a film on the horrors of child pornography?

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    9. Matheson pleaded guilty, 10:16.

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    10. Looks like the Civility Party is rallying to Bob.

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  13. 38 e mira monte/ doesn't own anything else...

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  14. I found only 2 registered sex offenders, on line, 3 different websites. Not the 2 mentioned above. 270 Strutevant and 183 e. Laurel.

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    1. Can you tell me why Mater Dolorosa Monastery, Sierra Madre, CA is not listed as a sex offender location?

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    2. 318 N Baldwin Ave should be listed as well. Cover up?

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  15. To all you Mater Dolorosa haters The reason the monastery is not on the list of sex offenders is because the accused has been dead for decades. The purported crime took place in the late 50's very early 60's. This site disgusts me. Just a bunch of haters. You all deserve your stupid little town to crumble. Go drink your yellow water.

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    1. Additionally the crimes allegedly occurred in Ensenada Mexico not Mater Dolorosa. You are correct people here are hateful self righteous old white men.

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    2. At 11:50 You racist pig. Ill hunt you down in this little town. If your not white then you must be a righteous brown old man.

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    3. Odd that you would think that makes a difference. So in your mind Hispanic children are not worthy of the same protections as Anglo children?

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    5. By George, I think we're being trolled! This dude is cut off. Pay your tab and leave the bar.

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    6. Mod you owe "that guy" about 300 hits today. Let the children play?

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    7. No thanks. Though it is eye opening that an apologist for so obvious an evil might actually exist. It is time to move on, though. Enjoy the rest of your day.

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    8. 11:56 The person you're looking for was in a semi famous punk rock band in the 60's he had one hit only his address in a mater of record..

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  17. Let's get back on topic. It's all about protecting the kids.

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    1. Agreed, 12:32.
      The subject brings out the people pretending to be human.

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    2. Thank you, 12:32. Here is my question. Can anyone here remember when anyone associated with our city government addressed the issue of child sexual abuse? How to protect your family? What to look out for? Obviously Sierra Madre has a problem in this respect. Why so little leadership from City Hall?

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    3. Not much this is all I can find quickly;
      http://www.cityofsierramadre.com/component/acesearch/search?query=child%20abuse

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    4. Huh. Pretty slim pickings. Fromway back in 2011, too. I couldn't find anything either.

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  18. Nice post. I was checking constantly this blog and I am impressed! Very helpful information specially the last part :) I care for such info much. I was seeking this particular info for a long time. Thank you and good luck.

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  19. I'm not required to tell the mob where I live, and you will never find out. I did my time and deserve to not be hounded.
    good day to you all.

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    1. Excuse me, who are you?

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    2. Nobody you need to worry about... But do not hound me as I have paid my debt, on false charges I'll add.
      Now leave me be you jackals.

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  20. Seems obvious that he has an Awest Wecord.

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  21. Elmer I have a problem with a speech impediment and I'm afraid it might get me in trouble ...Here's the problem.
    My speech impediment doesnt allow me to say "peddle" correctly ... What will happen to me when I'm out biking with my child and I shout out peder west ...sorry , it sounds like pederist ...Will the police arrest me for taunting A west ?
    Please advise ?

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  22. As an old friend of Awest, I was stunned and disgusted by this news. It's just …. just…ugh!!!!

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