Area man accused of sexually assaulting teenage girl

Area man accused of sexually assaulting teenage girl

IZARD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 man has been charged with sex crimes after investigators say he assaulted and took nude photos of a 14-year-old girl.

Mark E. Smith, 43, of Mt. Pleasant is charged with second degree sexual assault and computer exploitation of a child, both Class B felonies.

According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, Smith is accused of having inappropriate relations with a 14-year-old female during a 12-to-13 month period starting in December of 2013.

The victim reportedly told investigators Smith exposed her breasts and took photos of her with his cell phone. She also said Smith touched her breasts on six or seven occasions and touched her buttocks numerous times, Lawrence stated in a news release.

Smith is also accused of putting his hands in the front of the girl's pants, the sheriff said.

Smith is being held in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $50,000 bond. He's scheduled to appear in Circuit Court on Jan. 21.

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