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13-041 Detectives Arrest Suspect For Unlawful Sexual Activity With A Minor

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Crimes Against Children Unit
Patrol Operations Bureau

Christopher Aaron Smith (Arrested)
DOB: 06/06/1978
Address: 7756 62nd Lane North, Pinellas Park (Tranquil Creek Apartments)
Arrested for unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

The victim is a 16 year-old female who is known to the suspect. Per Fl. Statute 119.071(2)(h)1 no further information will be released that would tend to identify the victim.

What:
Detectives assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit have arrested a suspect who engaged a child in sexual activity on at least three occasions. The suspect admitted to the crime.

When:
The crimes occurred between December 2012 to February 2013.

Where:
The crimes occurred in unincorporated Clearwater.

Why/How:
According to detectives, the investigation began after the victim’s parents discovered the suspect in the victim’s bed. Detectives say when the parents made the discovery, the suspect, identified as 34-year-old Christopher Aaron Smith, jumped out of the back window of the residence and fled. The parents called 911 and deputies responded.

Detectives assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit were subsequently called to investigate. Through their investigation they determined that Smith engaged the minor in sexual activity on at least three occasions.

On February 27th, 2013, Smith voluntarily responded to the Sheriff’s Administration Building for an interview with detectives. Detectives say he admitted to the crimes. The suspect was arrested for three-counts unlawful sexual activity with a minor and transported to the Pinellas County Jail without further incident. Additional charges are pending.

Detectives ask anyone with additional information that may assist in this investigation to contact Detective Mark Kolenda of the Crimes Against Children Unit at 727-582-6200; or to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.

 Christopher Aaron Smith

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