An Izard County man was recently charged with child related sexual crimes. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said Mark E. Smith, age 43 of Mt. Pleasant is accused of having inappropriate relations with a fourteen year old female. During a twelve or thirteen month period in mostly 2014 at the last month of 2013, the victim said that Smith exposed her breasts and took a picture of her exposure with his cell phone. Smith is also accused of touching the victim’s breasts on six or seven occasions and her buttocks on a lot more occasions. It is further alleged that Smith on a least two occasions attempted to put his hand down the front of her pants.
Smith was formally charged January 6 with four courts, each a class “b” felony , with sexual assault second degree and computer exploitation of a child, also a Class “b” felony. Smith remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $50,000 bond with an initial Izard County Circuit Court appearance January 21st.
News Release, For Immediate Release, January 7, 2015, POC: Sheriff Lawrence, 7803684203
Note: Picture of Smith provided