Child Sex Assault Case Involves Family

Child Sex Assault Case
By: CJ Cassidy

A 62-year-old man

sits behind bars in the
T
ri-
C
ounty
J
ail for allegedly sexually assaulting three young children.

Prosecutors say Robert Smith of Union County denies the accusations against him.

A mother of one of the children involved, filed a police report against Smith.

Today, after we agreed to protect her identity, she shared her story with us, speaking out against the man she claims robbed her ten-year-old son of his innocence.

"O

ne morning he came to me and told me
,
M
ommy
I've got to
tell you something
, and he
told me what happened
," T
hat's
when "may"
as we'll call her, first realized something might be wrong in the relationship her son had with
R
obert
S
mith.

"H
e always came and picked him up took him places done things with him
, because his
dad didn't really have much to do with him.
I
never thought anything of it.
I
t's his grandfather
.
I
never questioned it at all
,
never had any reason to
," May says.

U
nion
C
ounty
S
tate's
A
ttorney
A
llen
J
ames says
M
ay's child wasn't the only one
S
mith sexually assaulted.

"I
t involves three different children
,
under the ages of 13.
T
wo of the children being girls
,
he digitally penetrated them
. The
other child being a boy, there was penile penetration with him
. The children ranged in age from two to ten," James says.

"I

asked him why
, and
he swore to me
"I
didn't do anything
, I
didn't do anything
"
but you have three little kids who say differently who are you going to believe?
" May asks.

T
hrough her struggles to help her son
,
M
ay hopes others learn a lesson from her pain.

"I
don't trust anybody right now.
N
obody.
I've got to
question everybody about everything
," she says.

S

mith faces eight counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.

T
hose are all
X
-felony charges
;
the highest felony charges in
I
llinois.

I
f convicted,
S
mith faces anywhere from six to thirty years in prison on each count.