Holly's House presentation leads to Boonville molestation arrest

A presentation at an elementary school ultimately led to the arrest of a Boonville man after accusations of child abuse came to light.

Daniel Smith, 37, of Boonville, was arrested on Thursday, Oct. 24, on three counts of child molestation as a Level 1 felony, three counts of child molestation as a Level 4 felony and one count of dissemination of matter harmful to minors as a Level 6 felony. According to a probable cause affidavit, Smith was arrested after a 9-year-old student reported incidents of sexual assault to her teacher and a Holly’s House employee after the organization gave a presentation at the child’s school.

The affidavit states that the report was passed on through appropriate channels as a result. According to the affidavit, the child told investigators that there were several occasions Smith engaged in sexual activity with the child, including an instance when he showed the child a video involving multiple people engaging in sexual activities.

The affidavit states that the child’s mother told officers she learned about the interaction through a note the child wrote her. According to the affidavit, the child’s mother saved the note and broke up with Smith after saving enough money to move out.

According to the affidavit, Smith denied any of the accused interactions, but said he has been previously accused of similar activity.

Smith is being held at the Warrick County Jail on a $250,000 bond. He told the court in his initial hearing that he has hired attorney JoAnn Krantz.

Warrick County Superior Court 1 Judge Zach Winsett set a trial date for April 21, 2020. Smith will appear in court for a hearing again on Monday, Nov. 18, at 9 a.m.

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