Palm Coast Man, Now 20, Accused of Molesting 2 Girls When He Was 16
FlaglerLive | September 30, 2016
L’Darius Smith, a 20-year-old resident of Pine Haven Drive in Palm Coast, is at the Flagler County jail on accusations of molesting two girls, 8 and 9, four years ago.
Smith, a former football player for Flagler Palm Coast High School, from where he graduated, was familiar to the alleged victims and their parents. He was arrested Thursday afternoon at his workplace on Hargrove Grade on two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of victims under 12, and a count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
According to his arrest report, Smith forced the two girls to masturbate him, and in one case held a gun in his hand and threatened to harm the younger girl’s mother if she did not comply. In two other alleged incidents involving the older girl, he also threatened to harm the girl’s mother, but without a weapon.
The girls are now 12 and 13 and told of the alleged incidents in January, when they were both interviewed by a University of Florida Child Protection Team. Officials interviewed Smith in February. He denied all claims. His case was originally processed in juvenile court, but on Sept. 28 was transferred to adult court. Circuit Judge Matthew Foxman signed Smith’s arrest warrant that day.
Bond was set at $10,000 on the aggravated assault charge. There is no bond on the two molestation charges.
In a brief interview, family members of the victims said they believe the two girls were not Smith’s only victims, and were urging other potential victims to come forward and speak with authorities.
In February Smith was arrested on a battery charge at the McDonald’s in Town Center, after a restaurant manager confronted him about sitting on a table and drinking a drink that was not from McDonald’s. The manager accused Smith of ramming him against the wall as he passed by him, an allegation Smith denied, telling sheriff’s deputies that the manager had pushed him. There were no witnesses to the incidents, and the charge was soon dropped.