galen-lee-smith.jpgGalen Lee Smith, 40 was arrested Thursday night on charges of more than three dozen sex crimes against two young girls including first degree rape. He is being held in the Rowan County, N.C. Jail under a $1 million bond.

Rowan County Sheriff’s Detective Clint Mauldin said the arrest warrant states that the incidents occurred between 1997 and 2005 with two female girls. Also the warrant states that at least one of the girls was under the age of 13 when the offenses occurred.

The law in North Carolina Laws state that a person can be charged with first degree rape when the victim is younger than 13 and the suspect is at least 18 or older.

Smith is being charged with seven counts of first degree rape of a child, two counts of attempted first degree rape, nine counts of first degree sex offense on a child and 14 counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.

Smith is also being charged with one count of disseminating obscene material to a minor under the age of 16 as the result of him allegedly making one of the victims watch pornography on a computer.

Smith will be making his first court appearance on Monday, April 25, 2011 and I do hope and pray that he doesn’t make bail.

I happen to know someone who knows this man personally, so this is personal to me. I hope this man never gets out of jail. He doesn’t deserve to see the light of day again. These children will be scarred for life because of what he has done to them. Please join me in my prayers that he will not get away with what he has done to these girls. We need to write the governor, write our senators, anyone who will listen to keep this man behind bars, where he belongs.

Also please pray for these children. I pray that they will be able to grow up and live a good life. They didn’t ask for this so they are truly the victims. May God be with them.

Jan Barrett

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