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Sex charges dropped against man, could be refiled

Cary Ashby • Dec 9, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Two charges of gross sexual imposition have been dismissed against a Bellevue man -- at least for now.

Brent E. Smith, 51, most recently of 112 Brinker St., was accused of inappropriately touching twin sisters some time in the last three years, police said. After an investigation by the Bellevue Police Department, he was charged with two fourth-degree felonies through Bellevue Municipal Court.

When asked about the charges being dismissed, Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said there was insufficient evidence and further investigation was needed. While he declined to elaborate, Leffler said it's possible charges could be refiled later against Smith.

"We're hopeful we can refile. ... We have no time frame on that," Leffler said.

A Huron County Children Services case worker interviewed the two 10-year-old girls March 4.

One of the girls reported being touched inappropriately by Smith twice -- once reportedly when her sister was in the room, police said.

The other sister accused Smith of putting his hand down her swimsuit and touching her "skin to skin" when they were at a friend's pool. During another suspected incident, the girl accused Smith of licking her private parts, police said.

Leffler said at least one of the girls is undergoing counseling.

Soon after the interview with the sisters, police arrested Smith and transported him to the Huron County Jail. He posted a $40,000 bond March 6.

On March 23, Bellevue Municipal Court officials transferred the case to Huron County Common Pleas Court for a possible grand jury indictment. The case was dismissed in early November without Smith being indicted by a grand jury.

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