The woman asked Reale to meet her on 7th Avenue to continue talking, according to the statement. Reale didn't follow, returning to his route to the country club, he said.
At this point, he was pulled over and arrested for attempted solicitation, Reale said.
Neither Ellis nor Eggleton discussed whether Reale was guilty or innocent.
Reale was arrested and booked following normal procedure, Eggleton said.
After the arrest, Reale came to Ellis "hat in hand," Ellis said. They talked about the case and Reale's life. Ellis said Reale told him he was going through personal issues and was seeking help.
"He provided me with evidence that he was receiving professional counseling for the issues he was dealing with," Ellis said.
Ellis said the evidence appeared genuine and helped convince him that Reale was sincere in his efforts to seek help. Neither Ellis nor Reale would elaborate on the nature of those issues.
Reale has no other charges on his criminal record, Ellis said. It's common for a prosecutor to promote rehabilitation, he said.
"We're always in favor of trying to help people get help for issues they're experiencing," Ellis said.
Ellis and Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster both said they didn't know about the press release.
Eggleton said he did not contact Webster or anyone else with the city before leaving Reale's name off the release.
"At the end of the day, I'm the one who has to lay down and think what's best for everybody involved," Eggleton said.
Eggleton said he has decided in the past not to issue press releases when he thought there could be negative ramifications. He could not immediately remember a time when he had left a name off a press release that included others charged with a similar crime.
To the best of his knowledge, Ellis said the other five accused did not approach his office. Two cases were dismissed, one pleaded guilty and two are still going through the judicial process, Ellis said.
Ellis and Eggleton were adamant Reale was treated like anyone else.
"I've done this for a long time. I believe it's always served me well to try and go with my heart," Eggleton said.
"The right thing may not always be the correct thing."
Charleston Mayor Danny Jones, who oversees the police department and every other city agency, is concerned about the situation. He said he only recently learned of Reale's arrest.
He said Eggleton is a good police officer, but he wished Eggleton had told him about the situation.
"I think it's special treatment because he thought he was suicidal," Jones said.
"It just doesn't look good. Perception, unfortunately, tends to be reality."
Jones discussed the situation further on Tuesday morning, when he requested that the charges against Reale be re-filed.