Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Jeffrey Smiley Arrested for Child Molestation

A Spanaway man suspected of child molestation was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with aggravated sexual abuse for assaulting a young girl on federal property, an FBI spokesman said.

Jeffrey Richard Smiley, 36, was taken into custody near Military Road and 12th Avenue Court East in Spanaway by the Pierce County Sheriff's Office and members of the FBI's South Sound Gang Task Force.

Earlier this month, a 7-year-old girl told authorities Smiley had molested her in the woods on the Fort Lewis Military Reservation, FBI spokesman Fred Gutt said. Last week, at two locations in the woods, investigators reported finding camera equipment, children's clothes, toys, mattresses, and sexual paraphernalia.

Investigators also found and impounded Smiley's red 1992 Nissan Maxima, which contained pornographic images of the victim, Gutt said.

Smiley was charged in U.S. District Court in Tacoma.

The federal charge stems from an ongoing FBI investigation into the discovery of possible child pornography production sites on the remote eastern training grounds of Fort Lewis – an area near Spanaway that's accessible to the public – Gutt said.

Aggravated sexual abuse is punishable by a mandatory minimum thirty years imprisonment.

Anyone with additional information about possible victimization of a child is asked to contact the FBI at 206-622-0460 or seattle.fbi@ic.fbi.gov.

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