Man indicted on charges of sexually abusing girl

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A Rome man has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of sexually abusing an underage girl over the course of nine years, according to law enforcement officials.

David Smith, age 40, sexually abused the girl from the age of 4 to the age of 13 in Rome, according to the county Child Advocacy Center.

Smith was indicted on Sept. 11 on one count each of predatory sexual assault against a child, a class A-2 felony, course of sexual conduct against a child, a class B felony, second-degree rape, a class D felony, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, authorities stated. An indictment is a formal charge made against a person by a grand jury. It does not establish guilt or remove the presumption of innocence. Investigators said they learned of the abuse on Jan. 23, leading to an investigation. Evidence was presented to a grand jury leading to the Sept. 11 indictment and a warrant for Smith. Authorities said he was taken into custody on Monday and was arraigned in County Court. He was sent to county jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.

Smith is scheduled to reappear in court.

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