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Man indicted in trafficking, child porn, sexual assault

Man indicted in trafficking, child porn, sexual assault

January 12th, 2019 by Lynn LaRowe in Texarkana News
Robert Allen Smith

A New Boston, Texas, man was indicted Thursday by a Bowie County grand jury for human trafficking, child pornography possession and aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Robert Allen Smith, 34, was reportedly living with the alleged victim and her mother at the time, according to a probable cause affidavit used to create the following account. The girl was 15 to 17 years of age at the time she was allegedly assaulted.

A family friend reported the abuse in February 2018 to police in New Boston. In a forensic interview, the girl allegedly disclosed that Smith would send her a text message on her cellphone instructing her to take a shower before an episode of sexual abuse. Smith would allegedly abuse the girl in the bathroom of her home.

The girl reported that she was sexually abused, sodomized and at times forced to urinate on Smith's face during the bathroom assaults.

The alleged victim told investigators that Smith would force her to pose for him while he used a drone to take photos of her exposed genitalia, holding the drone in one hand and manipulating the controls with the other.

The girl also described being sexually abused by Smith in various U.S. cities while traveling with him during the summer as he drove a commercial truck for work. Following examination of Smith's electronic devices, pornographic images of children were allegedly discovered.

Smith was indicted Thursday for two counts of sexual assault of a child. Each count is punishable by two to 20 years in prison. Smith is charged with one count of possession of child pornography, which is punishable by two to 10 years in prison.

The human trafficking charge involves the alleged sexual abuse during out-of-state travel and is punishable by 25 to 99 years or life with no parole possible from any sentence imposed.

The case is assigned to 202nd District Judge John Tidwell.

 

llarowe@texarkanagazette.com

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