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David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 10-362

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • December 21, 2010
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8059

    Suspect Wanted For Groping Children Has Been Arrested

    Sex offender Robert Paul Smith has been located and taken into custody.
    • Monday
    • December 20, 2010
    • Time: 3:09 PM
    • 12500 Vonn Road
    • Largo, FL

    Update December 21, 2010


    Robert Paul Smith has been located and is now in police custody.

    At approximately 3:09 p.m. on December 20, 2010, the Largo Fire Department requested police assistance in dealing with a reported vagrant near the 17th hole of the Largo Municipal Golf Course at 12500 Vonn Road.

    According to the Largo Police Department, the subject appeared to have self inflicted injuries which required his transportation to an area hospital. Upon the arrival of Largo police officers, the subject was identified as Robert Paul Smith. Smith was wanted on a warrant out of Hillsborough County for Lewd and Lascivious Molestation of a Child (See below press release).


    Suspect:

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    Robert P. Smith (Registered Sex Offender – Florida)
    DOB 08-10-70
    818 18th Street South West
    Largo, FL

    Warrant:

    2 counts of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation of a child under 16 years of age.

    Vehicle:

    1998 Ford Pick Up – Maroon/Burgundy in color
    Florida Tag # R F U 1 1

    Details:

    Detectives have obtained warrants for the arrest of Robert P. Smith in connection with a Lewd and Lascivious Molestation of a Child under 16 which occurred at the Walmart located at 1208 East Brandon Blvd in Valrico on December 18, 2010 at approximately 3:00 p.m.

    On December 18, 2010 at approximately 3:00 p.m., registered sex offender Robert Smith entered the Walmart and began walking around the store. While in the store, he approached six young females and touched them on their buttocks area (over their clothing) and then walked away. One of the victim's (11-year-old female from Lakeland) father observed the suspect and confronted him. The suspect was identified and warrants were obtained for his arrest. The Largo Police Department has been to his residence, in an attempt to locate him, with negative results.

    Detectives have viewed the store surveillance video and observed the suspect touch the buttocks of 5 other, what appear to be female juveniles while in the Walmart. Detectives are asking that other victims notify the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200.

    We will not be releasing the video as it could possibly publicly identify the female victims.

    Anyone with any information reference Robert P. Smith or know his whereabouts is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office at 247-8200 or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.
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