Former scout master arrested for sex crimes

28 Feb 2001

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Former scout master arrested

A former scout master is in jail in Salisbury for sex crimes with young boys. Deputies with the Rowan County Sheriff's Department arrested 52 year old William David Smith on Monday. Smith is accused of two counts of taking indecent liberties and one count of attempted statutory sexual offense.

Deputies say Smith met the victim at Landis Baptist Church, and lured him to his home under the pretense of helping him with a homework project on his computer. Investigators say Smith has a criminal history that includes pleading guilty to sex crimes charges in 1993. Deputies say the victim in that case later hanged himself. They also say that Smith has worked as a Boy Scout leader in two scout troops, and as a janitor and bus driver for Cabarrus County Schools.

Detectives believe that Smith may have molested other children at various times during the last thirty years, and they are urging anyone with additional information to contact the Rowan County Sheriff's Department at 704-636-1011. David Smith is currently being held in the Rowan County Jail, his bond has been set at $100,000.


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