Some charges withdrawn, others held in Belle Vernon man's sexual assault case
The most serious charges filed against a Belle Vernon man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl last year were withdrawn.
Carl William Smith IV, 27, appeared at the new district court office in Star Junction on Friday where he was held for court on charges of indecent assault of a person less than 13-years-old, corruption of minors, and unlawful contact with minor–sexual offenses.
Felony charges of rape of a child, statutory sexual assault, and sexual assault, were withdrawn. A felony count of aggravated indecent assault was dismissed.
Washington Township police filed the charges against Smith Nov. 20. The alleged assaults occurred Dec. 29, 2012, at the Marion Villa housing plan in the Arnold City section of the township
The Valley Independent does not identify sex crime victims. Police did not list the girl's age.
The victim allegedly told officials the assault began in an upstairs bedroom as she and Smith watched a movie and then continued downstairs.
Smith is currently free on $51,000 bail, according to court records.
He is scheduled for a formal arraignment at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 16 at the Fayette County Courthouse, Uniontown.
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