Man convicted in decade old child sexual assault case

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Timothy Smith (Photo: New Hanover Co. Sheriffs Office)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Florida man pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually assaulting a child when he lived in Wilmington more than a decade ago.

Timothy Lee Smith, 58, of West Palm Beach, to three counts of felony child abuse committing a sexual act against a minor, and three counts of taking indecent liberties
with children.

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The sexual abuse happened when the child was between the ages of 5 and 15. In 2015, when the victim was an adult, she learned Smith was living in a home that gave him access to other young children. The district attorney’s office says the victim was concerned for their safety, which led her to report her years of abuse.

Judge Tanya Wallace sentenced Smith to between five and just over eight years in prison.

He will have to register as a sex offender for 30 years upon his release.