Former MTV star Connor Smith is wanted by police after he allegedly tried to engage in sex acts with a minor under the age of 15 – TMZ reports.
Smith, 32, – who appeared on the network’s show Are You The One in 2015 – has had a warrant issued for his arrest in the state of Illinois after he allegedly sexually interacted with an undercover officer posing as a girl under the age of 15 for ‘several weeks’ online.
He is then said to have sent the fake teenager explicit material of himself and planned to meet up with them with the purpose of engaging in sexual acts.
The publication reports Smith drove to meet the fake teen on February 9 with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office moving in to arrest him – before Smith fled in his pick-up truck.
It was claimed on February 10, Lake County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for Smith’s arrest on felony charges of traveling to meet a minor, grooming and disseminating harmful material.
Warrant: Are You The One? star Connor Smith is wanted by police after he allegedly tried to engage in sex acts with a minor under the age of 15 – TMZ reports
A judge reportedly signed off on a million-dollar bond if Smith were to be captured and arrested.
Lake County claims Smith indicated his intentions to surrender but has not done so and are now asking for tips to locate him, while warning the public.
DailyMail.com has contacted Lake County Sheriff’s Office for comment.
In 2021, Smith was arrested for allegedly raping and assaulting a 16-year-old girl.
The former reality star was taken into custody in Cook County, Illinois, though the crime reportedly occurred in Indiana, TMZ reported.
He was charged with one count each of rape and sexual battery, along with two counts of criminal confinement.
An arrest affidavit obtained by the publication paints a shifting story from the teenage girl.
She reportedly told police that Smith had abducted her in July when she was visiting family in Indiana.
Wanted: Smith, 32, has had a warrant issued for his arrest in the state of Illinois after he allegedly sexually interacted with an undercover officer posing as a girl under the age of 15 for ‘several weeks’ online (pictured in a 2021 mugshot after his arrest for alleged rape)
Cast: In 2015, Smith was part of the cast of the MTV dating series Are You The One?, which featured a group of singles looking for relationship who all moved in together – Smith is seen top left
She claimed that they first made contact via snapchat when she messaged someone about a cat they were selling and gave the address of the house she was staying at.
The alleged victim said that a man ripped open the screen window on her bedroom that night and pulled her out of her room, before forcing her into his truck and tanking her to a motel when he set about sexually assaulting her.
But her story had shifted in subsequent police interviews, and she later told the authorities that she had snuck out of her own accord to visit Smith after they had matched together on a dating app.
She told police that she ‘immediately had a bad feeling’ after meeting Smith at his truck, and she alleged that he forced her to perform oral sex on him as they drove to the motel.
The teen claimed that he slapped her repeatedly and even tried to choke her during the harrowing drive, and once they were at the motel he allegedly urinated on her before forcing her to perform oral sex on him again.
Afterward, she said that Smith drove her back to the house and told her that he would return the following night to pick her up.
Photo: He is then said to have sent the fake teenager explicit material of himself and planned to meet up with them with the purpose of engaging in sexual acts
Prosecutors in Indiana later dropped the charges against Smith, saying they could not prove they could not prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, The Times of Northwest Indiana reported.
Smith’s attorney Maryam Afshar-StewarDeputy told the publication at the time: ‘While a dismissal is a step in the right direction, Mr. Smith has a long road ahead to repair the damage that has been caused by these false allegations.’
In 2015, Smith was part of the cast of the MTV dating series Are You The One?, which featured a group of singles looking for relationship who all moved in together.
The contestants were paired off into ideal couples thanks to a matchmaking algorithm, and their task was to determine the chosen couples, with a prize of up to $1 million to be shared among the contestants if they could correctly identify all of the couples.
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