April 08, 2005

Ex-church staffer faces sex charge

Indianapolis Star

By Tania E. Lopez
April 8, 2005

Danville -- A 43-year-old former youth director at a North Salem church is accused of molesting his daughter's 12-year-old friend during a sleepover.

The Hendricks County prosecutor has charged Richard E. Smith, of Danville, with one felony count of child molesting deviate sexual conduct.

The girl said the incident occurred sometime between the end of September and early October during a sleepover at Smith's home. It was the only time the girl was an overnight guest, police said.

The girl, now 13, told her mother about the incident in mid-February. Police have been investigating since then.

According to court documents, the girl had fallen asleep in Smith's younger son's bedroom while watching TV. Smith entered the bedroom around 3 a.m.

Posted by kshaw at April 8, 2005 05:06 AM