NORTH BRADDOCK, Pa. - A 33-year-old North Braddock man is facing several charges after police said he told a 13-year-old girl he was 17 and had sex with her on several occasions.
According to police, Frederick Rashawn Smith met the victim at a convenience store at the beginning of January.
Investigators said Smith approached the girl, made conversation with her and they eventually exchanged phone numbers.
Police said Smith and the victim exchanged text messages and phone calls for several days. During the text messages, investigators said Smith told the girl he was 17 years old.
The first time the two allegedly met and had sex was at the girl’s home when her parents weren’t home, police said.
According to authorities, Smith also went to the girl’s house in the middle of the night to have sex while her parents were home sleeping.
Investigators said the girl skipped school in late January to have sex with the man inside his apartment at the General Braddock Towers.
Police said they have surveillance video that shows the girl waiting outside the Sixth Street apartment building, and Smith letting her inside about 7 a.m.
North Braddock Mayor Thomas Whyel said the Allegheny County Housing Authority performs background checks on its residents and Smith passed them.
“I’m going to say that this is an isolated case and somebody slipped through the cracks,” Whyel said. “We haven’t had problems of that in the past.”
Sex assault detectives said they’ve interviewed the girl and she said she thought Smith was 17.
Smith is charged with statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor and indecent assault, police said.
Channel 11’s Renee Kaminski reported that Smith has no criminal history of sex crimes against children, but if convicted, he could be designated a sexual predator.
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