Tuesday, January 29, 2002

Officer indicted in sexual battery case

        A Norwood police officer was named Monday in a three-count indictment alleging rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition of a 17-year-old female.

        Bobby Smith, 38, is accused of assaulting the teen-ager Jan. 13 inside his home, where she was visiting. She is a member of the Explorer Scout unit Mr. Smith led, authorities said.

        He was indicted by a Hamilton County grand jury under a section of the sexual-battery law that prohibits sexual conduct between authority figures, such as scout leaders, and those persons under their “temporary or occasional control,” said Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen.

        If convicted, Mr. Smith could receive up to 16 1/2 years in prison.


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