|How "AWest" depicts himself|
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|
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.