January 28, 2009
Wayne Smith - 27 Year Old Man Runs Away With 15 Year Old Girl To Live In A School Bus. Arrested On Child Sex Assault Charges
Blair, Nebraska (The Weekly Vice) -- Wayne A. Smith, a 27-year-old Nebraska man was arrested late December after allegedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl and then transporting her 400 miles away from home to live with him in a school bus.
According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the family of a 15-year-old girl reported the teen missing last July. With help from the Missouri State Patrol, the little girl was tracked to Purdy, Missouri where the two were living in a school bus. Officers questioned Smith and the girl who initially provided false names and claimed the two were married.
After further questioning, the girl finally admitted her actual identity. She also denied having sex with Smith, but later admitted that the two had sex on a regular basis. She told authorities that she ran away from home because she was worried about being placed in a juvenile facility. She also stated that she was in love with Smith.
After a lengthy investigation, Smith was arrested and booked into the Washington County Jail In Blair, Nebraska on charges of first-degree sexual assault of a minor, harboring an escaped juvenile and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He is being held in lieu of a $100,000 bond.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
You know you've truly hit bottom when going to live in a school bus seems like a dream come true in comparison to where you live.
I did some follow up on this case and learned that there were some pretty serious problems going on at the girl's home. The state was preparing to pull her out of her fathers house and place her in state's custody until foster care could be arranged.
I can clearly see why she was willing to grab onto anything that looked halfway solid..... Even an adult living in a school bus seemed more stable than the life she was living. Pretty sad, I must say.
As for the 27-year-old guy. Well, he's just a sick, perverted scumbag. I have no pity for him.
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