Charges added in sex case
Published 5:15 am Wednesday, March 22, 2017
The alleged child sexual abuse case against a Brewton man has grown to include four victims.
Escambia County District Attorney Steve Billy said the case against William Douglas Smith Sr., 56, continues to grow.
In February, Smith Sr. was charged with two counts of sex abuse of a child less than 12 after allegations were made by two victims. Then, Chief Deputy Mike Lambert said evidence gathered during the children’s forensic interviews provided cause for Smith’s arrest and urged anyone with information in the case come forward.
Then, a new victim brought a second set of allegations to the Brewton Police Department and Smith was charged with second-degree sodomy.
“After news broke in the case, a new allegation was brought to the Brewton Police Department,” Lt. Brock Holt with the BPD said. “This case stems from one juvenile victim from an incident that occurred inside Brewton city limits.”
Holt said then, as before, the victim was taken for a forensic interview, which led to probable cause for the warrants.
On Friday, Billy said warrants were issued after third set of complaints was filed.
“Mr. Smith is now facing two additional warrants for sex abuse of a child less than 12,” Billy said. “This makes the total at four victims. We take these allegations very seriously, and we encourage anyone with information in this evolving case to contact your local law enforcement agency.”
Smith remains in the Escambia County Detention Center under a $1.25 million bond.
The cases remain under investigation, and anyone with information is urged to contact one’s local law enforcement agency.