Fort Wainwright soldier indicted on kidnapping, sex abuse charges

Posted: Sunday, July 01, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fort Wainwright soldier has been indicted on charges of kidnapping, sexual assault and sexual abuse.

Sgt. Arron Smith, 29, is accused of raping a 13-year-old girl in early February and an 18-year-old woman in late May.

He was indicted by a grand jury Thursday and arrested later that day. He is being held at Fairbanks Correctional Center on $100,000 bail. He is charged with two counts of kidnapping, two counts of first-degree sexual assault and one count of sexual abuse of a minor.

Fairbanks Police Sgt. Dan Hoffman said Smith used similar methods in both assaults.

''It would appear that the subject would commonly offer females rides and then would take them to a secluded location where he would sexually assault them,'' Hoffman said. He would not release any further details of the attacks.

''Based upon the circumstances of these two incidents, if persons in the community are aware of other incidents such as this one that have gone unreported, we would appreciate it if they would contact us,'' he said.

Smith does not have a criminal record, is married and has three young children, Hoffman said.

Fort Wainwright spokeswoman Linda Douglass said Smith was transferred to the post in January of 1999. He is a member of the 4th Battalion 11th Field Artillery. His hometown is Fort Worth, Texas. He had been station at Fort Riley, Kansas prior to Fort Wainwright, Douglass said.

Assistant District Attorney Teresa Foster says Smith could face five to 99 years for each of the kidnapping charges, up to 30 years for each sexual assault charges and up to 10 years for the sexual abuse charge.

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