West Virginia man who filmed infant sex abuse gets 205-755 years in prison

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) – Richard Smith II was sentenced to a total of 205 to 775 years in prison on charges of first-degree sexual abuse, four counts of first-degree sexual assault and five counts of sexual abuse by a parent or guardian, Kanawha County prosecutors say.

He was convicted in Kanawha County Circuit Court earlier this year.

According to the criminal complaint, Smith and the child’s grandmother, Roseanna Thompson were in custody of an infant family member at their home in Kanawha County on Feb. 19, 2015.

The criminal complaint alleges Smith and Thompson sexually assaulted and abused the female infant. They were arrested in May 2018.

The complaint also says that Smith and Thompson filmed themselves during the sexual assault and abuse of the infant. According to West Virginia State Police, the video was found in Smith’s home.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Judge Salango told Smith he was one of the most evil people she’d ever encountered when she handed down the sentence. Smith declined to speak during the hearing.

Thompson’s trial is scheduled for April 27.

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