Man, 74, arrested for foundling 14 year old

By Chris Cooper -

Theavon W. Smith

Seventy-four year old Theavon W. Smith, of Russellville, was arrested Aug. 10, 2015, and charged with first degree sexual abuse. Smith admitted to local law enforcement of grabbing and fondling a 14-year-old juvenile.

According to the police report, Smith said he knew it was wrong.

Smith was issued a $1,000 surety bond. A surety bond is a promise by a surety or guarantor to pay one party (the obligee) a certain amount if a second party (the principal) fails to meet some obligation, such as fulfilling the terms of a contract. The surety bond protects the obligee against losses resulting from the principal’s failure to meet the obligation.

Conditions of the bond include no illegal activity, no contact with minors, must live with whoever signs the bond, cannot live at his current residence, and must stay 500 feet away from the victim and their residence.

Sexual abuse in the first degree is a Class D felony, unless the victim is less than 12 years old, in which case the offense shall be a Class C felony.

A class D felony carries with it a minimum one year prison term, if convicted. The maximum sentence is five years.

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By Chris Cooper

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