Rome man indicted, accused of sexually abusing young girl for nearly a decade

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A Rome man has been indicted by an Oneida County grand jury after he allegedly sexually abused a young girl for several years, starting when she was 4 years old.

Posted: Sep 14, 2020 2:58 PM
Updated: Sep 14, 2020 3:08 PM

ROME, N.Y. – A Rome man has been indicted by an Oneida County grand jury after he allegedly sexually abused a young girl for several years, starting when she was 4 years old.

The Oneida County Child Advocacy Center started investigating 40-year-old David Smith in January, when he was accused of sexually abusing a girl under the age of 15.

Investigators say evidence was submitted to the grand jury showing abuse over an extended period of time, from when the girl was 4 until she was 13.

The case was reviewed by the grand jury on Sept. 7, and Smith was indicted on Sept. 11.

Deputies worked with the New York New Jersey Regional Task Force to locate Smith, who was arrested on Monday, Sept. 14.

Smith is facing several felony charges, including predatory sexual assault of a child, course of sexual abuse of a child, second-degree rape, as well as two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

He is being held in Oneida County Correctional Facility on $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.

An order of protection has been issued for the young victim.

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