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Mecklenburg County deputy arrested on charge of juvenile rape

SoVaNow.com / November 16, 2012
A Mecklenburg County deputy sheriff, Christopher Smith, was arrested today as agents with the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation descended on the officer's home on Philbeck Road in Skipwith.

Smith has been charged with one felony count of forcible rape of a juvenile (under age 13) by an adult. He was taken into custody without incident.

A State Police spokesperson said the case involves a juvenile female. Smith is in jail with no bond.

According to State Police, Smith was taken this afternoon to the Meherrin River Regional Jail in Alberta. Mecklenburg County Sheriff Bobby Hawkins said, however, that Smith was later transferred to a regional jail in Paumunkey.

Smith,34, was first taken to the county jail in Boydton, where Hawkins delivered to Smith his termination notice. The sheriff said Smith had been a deputy with the department for about four years. He most recently worked as a road deputy.

The investigation is being handled by the Virginia State Police at the request of Hawkins, who sought out an independent probe in August after allegations against a then-unnamed deputy first surfaced. Randy Krantz, Bedford County Commonwealth's Attorney, has been named as special prosecutor to oversee the investigation. Krantz took over the case from Halifax County Commonwealth's Attorney Michael Freshour, who was initially appointed as special prosecutor by the Virginia Supreme Court but subsequently recused himself due to a conflict. Mecklenburg chief prosecutor Nora Miller also recused due to conflicts.

Hawkins said the State Police informed him today of the arrest, and that the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Department was not involved in the operation.

"From day one when I turned over the investigation to them, I've kept my hands off it," said Hawkins on Friday afternoon. "I didn't want to compromise my office."

Virginia State Police say the investigation is ongoing. It is being handled by Special Agent D.Leslie with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Appomattox.

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Innocent until proven guilty!!!

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It's a shame that when a Police Officer/Dep. Sheriff commits an
illegal it taints us all. But to be fair that Officer is innocent until
proven guilty. The only aspect is when the State or the Feds get
involved the cases are usually strong.

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No one really knows the full story expect him and the victum but they cant accuse him of rape unless there is proof and if its not him then who was it??? and this is the 2nd person that used to be a police officerin viginia that i know of, that has been convected of some type of child danger (photos....rape) this is scary arent we suposse to trust police officers but guess what i dont and thats a true shame

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We all know if a female says she has been raped-- then she has been raped! Women just don't lie about that sort of thing.


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