April 23, 2024

Ex-MTV Star Nabbed on Child Solicitation Charges

Police have nabbed a former MTV actuality present star who has been working from regulation enforcement for over a yr on little one solicitation fees.

Fox 32 identified the suspect within the case on Friday as 33-year-old Connor Smith, who’s initially from Orland Park, a Chicago suburb. The outlet famous he starred within the actuality present known as Are You the One? in 2015.

Images show the suspect concerned within the case:

A yr in the past the person was concerned in a brief excessive velocity chase with officers from the Lake County, Illinois, Sheriff’s Office after they tried to arrest him for indecent solicitation of a kid.

The Fox report continued:

The chase started round 6 p.m. within the parking zone of a Lake County shopping center. Investigators mentioned Smith drove from his Orland Park residence within the 8200 block of Hillcrest Drive to fulfill who he thought was an underage lady for a sexual encounter.

“Connor Smith kept engaging this girl in communication, in conversation, eventually sending lewd photos of himself to who he thought was this girl, really an undercover detective, and then worked out a plan to meet who he thought was this girl to engage in a sexual relationship,” mentioned Christopher Covelli, deputy chief of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

When Smith pulled into the parking zone, Covelli mentioned sheriff’s officers instantly approached his pickup truck and Smith hit the gasoline.

Authorities chased the suspect, however he was driving so quick and so dangerously they ended the pursuit.

“It’s a nationwide warrant so he can be arrested anywhere in the country and he’ll be extradited back to Lake County to face the charges,” Covelli said in February 2023:

Smith was positioned and brought into custody in Clearwater, Florida, on Thursday and now faces three felony fees: touring to fulfill a minor, disseminating dangerous materials, and grooming, the Fox article mentioned.

Video footage shows Smith starring in an episode of Are You the One? as he frolicked with a younger girl in Hawaii.

According to 10 Tampa Bay, Smith is facing 11 felony counts in Lake County, Illinois, the place the alleged crimes happened.