The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


July 31, 2013

Sex offender facing possible 100-year sentence

A Beckley sex offender convicted in Missouri of raping a child was arrested in Kansas and extradited to West Virginia Tuesday morning. He faces a possible 100-year sentence in Raleigh County.

An arrest warrant was issued for John Lee Smith, 48, after he was released from Southern Regional Jail on probation, but failed to report to his probation officer and failed to register his address within three days of his jail release, as required by federal law.

Cpl. R.A. Daniel of West Virginia State Police-Beckley detachment entered Smith’s name into the NCIC system as a fugitive, and Smith was picked up by police in Allen County, Kan., and returned to Beckley. Smith waived his right to a preliminary hearing in magistrate court and is at SRJ in under $250,000 bond.

He faces 40 to 100 years in prison for four counts of failing to register as a sex offender for second or subsequent offense.

Smith was convicted in 1984 in Chariton County, Mo., of raping an 8-year-old girl, according to Daniel. In 2009, he  was convicted in Raleigh County of failing to register as a sex offender.

Prior to March 2013, Smith was arrested by Beckley Police for committing a sexual assault on a victim in Beckley, Daniel reported.


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