Mississippi mayor accused of sex crimes against a minor - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

Mississippi mayor accused of sex crimes against a minor

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The Mayor of Lambert is facing charges following two separate indictments by a Quitman County Grand Jury. Mayor Joe Willie Smith, 57, was arrested late Tuesday by investigators with the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division and the Quitman County Sheriff’s Office.

The first indictment is for one count of statutory rape and the second indictment for one count for gratification of lust.

The first indictment alleges that Mayor Smith had sexual intercourse with a child who was under the age of sixteen at the time of the sexual intercourse. 

The second indictment alleges that Mayor Smith “did willfully, unlawfully, and for the gratification of his lust touched or rubbed his hands on the buttocks of a child  who was under the age of sixteen.”

Mayor Smith was booked into the Quitman County Jail with no bond set and is awaiting trial before the Quitman County Circuit Court.

If convicted, Mayor Smith faces up to 30 years behind bars for statutory rape and 15 years for gratification of lust. 

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