Fayetteville man facing sexual assault charges involving child

Michael Smith (Fayetteville Police Department)

Authorities in Fayetteville have arrested a man in connection with sexual assault charges involving a child.

Detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department say they were notified Saturday about a past sexual assault involving the child and a known family acquaintance that happened in the 5700 block of Pepperbush Drive, off Bingham Drive.

Police later arrested 38-year-old Michael Smith in connection with the crime. He is charged with statutory rape, sexual offense by a person in a parental role, and indecent liberties with a child.

Smith is currently in the Cumberland County Detention Center where he is being held under a $500,000 secured bond.

Anyone with information regarding the sexual assault is asked to contact Detective J. Keeton with the Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 237-9402 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477). Crimestoppers information can also be submitted electronically, by visiting http://fay-nccrimestoppers.org and completing the anonymous online tip sheet or by text-a-tip on your mobile device by sending a message to 274637 (in the text box type "4Tip" followed by your message).

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