Clarence Smith: 17-Year-Old Charged with Multiple Rapes in St. Louis

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Clarence Smith now faces 32 felony counts, including forcible sodomy, rape and robbery
Clarence Smith now faces 32 felony counts, including forcible sodomy, rape and robbery

Don't let that baby face fool you.

The St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office is charging 17-year-old Clarence Smith with 32 felony counts -- including five counts of rape, four counts of forcible sodomy, kidnapping and four counts of first-degree robbery.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department believes that Smith's reign of terror included raping and robbing three different black females in a span of just two months -- and then robbing a fourth, although that woman was not sexually assaulted.

Smith allegedly raped and robbed a 21-year-old woman at gunpoint in a vacant carport in the 3500 block of Bingham on December 12, 2010. One week later, police believe he raped and robbed a second woman in the 3100 block of Branter Place.

One month after that, on January 25, Smith allegedly raped a woman at knifepoint in the 3700 block of Page Avenue, taking her cell phone. On that same day, claiming to be armed with a gun, he robbed a woman in the 1100 block of North Grand of a scarf and a bus pass.

Police investigators presented their case to the circuit attorney's office on Friday and 32 warrants were issued, according to a police department press release. A judge has ordered Smith to be held in jail on a $300,000 cash-only bond.

About The Author

Sarah Fenske

Sarah Fenske is the executive editor of Euclid Media Group, overseeing publications in eight cities. She is the former host of St. Louis on the Air and was previously editor-in-chief of the RFT and the LA Weekly. She lives in St. Louis.
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