New Charges Filed in Child Luring and Lewdness Case

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

RENO, NV - Washoe County sheriff's detectives have added charges against a Reno man accused of touching young girls sexually.

65-year-old Carl "Wayne" Smith, a truck driver, is charged as of Valentine's Day with five counts of Luring a Child, plus Open and Gross Lewdness and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. Charges were added when three girls came forward to say they had been victimized by Smith, after original accusations by two girls. Bail is now set at $97,500.

Detectives say Smith, who was known to the girls as “Wayne”, would contact children under the age of 16, without the parents' consent or knowledge, to engage in sexual activity. They also say Smith pretended to be the uncle of at least one of the girls.

Detectives believe Smith may have victimized other girls who live in the area. These people, parents or acquaintances are urged to contact Detective Liles at 775-328-3327. Victim Advocate services will be made available upon request.

Anyone having information relating to this crime or the suspect should contact the Washoe County Sheriff's Office at (775) 328-3320, or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900 or www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword - SW.


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