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Tazewell Tennessee man charged with a sex offense involving a 4-year-old child

Updated: Jul 19, 2023

From WRIL - The Big One -

Monroe Patton Smith - CCJ

According to a criminal complaint warrant taken out by Claiborne County Detective Bradley Duncan, on Wednesday, June 28, 2023 officers with the CCSO were dispatched to a Paul Smith Lane residence in New Tazewell. The response was in regard to a report of child sexual abuse.

Upon arrival, Deputy Cindy O'Mary spoke with the aunt of a 4-year-old female victim who stated she discovered multiple "exploitive" images of her niece on her phone which had been used on several occasions by 36-year-old Monroe Patton Smith of Tazewell. After consent to search the phone was given by the child's aunt, it was confirmed that the "patently offensive" images depicted Smith and the nude child engaging in sexual activity.

Upon arrival at the residence, Smith fled the scene, but was apprehended this week and lodged in the Claiborne County Jail charged with sexual exploitation of a minor.

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