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Man guilty in rape of girl, 12
Man pleads guilty to raping preteen girl

Date published: 10/8/2009

BY KEITH EPPS

A Spotsylvania man yesterday admitted that he raped a preteen girl earlier this year.

Richard Eugene Smith Jr., 38, pleaded guilty to rape in Spotsylvania Circuit Court. He faces the possibility of life in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 2.

As part of a plea agreement, prosecutor Amy Harper dropped a second rape charge against Smith.

According to the evidence presented by Harper, Smith had sexual relations with the 12-year-old girl twice between June 1 and July 22.

The second incident ended when the girl's mother walked into the child's bedroom and saw Smith molesting her daughter.

The child told police that she was on the computer and Smith walked in and exposed himself.

After she told him that was "gross," Smith had sex with the child and was still exposed when the mother walked in.

Smith left the home, but deputies found him a short time later. He told police that he made a "stupid mistake" and that the child started the incident by "coming on" to him.

According to court records, Smith also went into detail about an earlier incident in which he claimed the girl came on to him while he was watching sports.

Smith told police that he gets sexually aroused when watching sports and wasn't paying much attention when the girl got on his lap.

He pushed the girl off him after about five minutes because he didn't feel right about it, according to his statements.

He also blamed the victim for the incident in which he got caught. He claimed she lured him under her Hannah Montana blanket by talking about sex as he was passing her room.

Attorney Sarah Abernathy is representing Smith, who has been in jail since his arrest.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404
Email: kepps@freelancestar.com