Huron man charged with rape

Smith indicted on 12 counts; allegedly raped girl over period of five years.
Courtney Astolfi
Sep 18, 2013


A Huron man was arrested Sunday on allegations he sexually abused a girl numerous times over a five-year period.

Raymond Smith, 38, was charged with six counts of both rape and sexual battery.

An 18-year-old Huron woman went to police with her story Aug. 26, prompting officers to launch an investigation into Smith. During their interview, the woman said Smith raped her repeatedly between the ages of 12 and 17, Huron police Chief Robert Lippert said.

“I think she reached a point where she felt comfortable and safe enough to tell someone,” Lippert said.

During the course of their investigation, officers learned Smith functioned as an occasional caregiver to the girl, and allegedly took advantage of those circumstances to assault the child, Lippert said.

“She felt compelled to submit (to Smith) because of the position of authority he had over her,” Lippert said.

Officers also interviewed the woman’s lone confidant, who corroborated general details of the abuse, Lippert said.

When investigators approached Smith with the allegations, he refused to make a statement and referenced them to his attorney, Lippert said.

Smith also cared for a handful of other children at times, but social workers determined there were no indications of abuse in those relationships, Lippert said.

Huron police forwarded the case directly to an Erie County grand jury, who indicted Smith Sept. 11 on 12 charges.

“On cases like this, we like to move quickly,” Lippert said.

Smith was arrested Saturday and taken to the Erie County jail. He remains there on $250,000 bond.



SICK SOB!!!!! Put him in Gen Pop or give him a rope. Men and Women who do this do NOT deserve to walk among us.

sandtown born a...

I agree no mercy and absolutely no plea bargains


{ Off topic -a bit}

Some people think it's no big thing to have a stranger crawl into bed with their child, when they enter a wrong house. Uh Yeah.

It's reports such as this that are cringe worthy.

R U Kidding me

Ok I think this person deserves the right to choose. Take a log split it in half put his privates in between the two halves and rope them together. Then put a DULL bowie knife stuck in front of him in the log and send him afloat down to the niagra falls and give him a life long choice. I know this is going to affend someone but so what. Your heart can bleed with him

Really are you ...

@ R U. Sounds like a torture technique that could have been used in one of the Saw movies. Live or die the choice is yours.


All the more reason for citizens to own their own firearms.....

R U Kidding me

in no way did I want to sound like a tourcher tech. I just want to give him a choice and it a win win situation