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Former Pell Lake man guilty of sexual assault

by Rob Ireland

June 20, 2013

A Walworth County jury found a 29-year-old former Pell Lake man guilty of three sexual assault charges on Thursday night.

Larry J. Smith, now of Delavan, was found guilty of two counts of repeated sexual assault of a child and sexual assault of a child under the age of 16.

Smith is being held in the Walworth County jail while he awaits sentencing. When he is sentenced Sept. 12 at 8:30 a.m. in front of Judge David Reddy, he faces up to 120 years imprisonment and $300,000 in fines.

Smith began molesting the victim in 2008, when she was 11. The sexual assaults continued until the girl turned 14, and the last assault occurred a week before she went to the police, according to the criminal complaint.

Deputy District Attorney Joshua Grube said the victim testified during the two day jury trial, and he said that her testimony was critical in the case.

"She is remarkably brave," Grube said of the victim.

Grube also was able to introduce DNA evidence during the trial. The jury deliberated for about 4 1/2 hours before finding Smith guilty of all the counts.

Reddy ordered a presentence investigation, which is a report generated by the Department of Corrections that examines the crime, the defendant's history and recommends a sentence.

The case against Smith began on May 29, 2011, when the victim spoke to Bloomfield Investigator Lori Domino. The victim told Domino that Smith has been molesting her since she was in the sixth-grade.

The victim said Smith had sexual contact with her on at least 50 occasions.

Domino arrested Smith and Smith declined to speak to her. However, when Domino was obtaining a DNA sample, Smith asked, "How many years am I looking at?"

Smith was free from custody after he posted a $25,000 cash bond in 2011.