Man Wanted for Child Pornography Possession Charges

Sioux Falls police say 27-year-old Michel Lloyd Smith is wanted on child pornography charges. He’s accused of exchanging nude photos and graphic messages with a 13-year-old girl.

According to court documents obtained by KDLT, Smith and the victim are family friends. They even went on a camping trip last summer.

The two started chatting on Facebook on September 26. Smith sent a graphic nude photo to the victim and told her that he was a “cool adult.” The next day, the two exchanged several nude photos and sexual remarks over Facebook.

“He ended up sending some nude photos, and then at some point, she ended up sending nudes photos as well,” said officer Sam Clemens of the Sioux Falls Police Department.

Then, according to court documents, Smith asked her to have sex. The two discussed possible arrangements to meet up at a mutual friend’s house to have sex. The two stopped chatting on October 3 after the victim told Smith that she had attempted suicide twice.

Smith’s roommate later found the conversation on her tablet and called the victim’s grandmother. Then, Sioux Falls authorities took the tablet into evidence where they found those sexually explicit images.

“Detectives ended up seizing different items, doing some forensic audits on those, and found the images,” said Officer Clemens.

Both Smith and the victim confirmed their respective ages, 27 and 13, multiple times during the Facebook chat. Court documents also say that the victim and Smith live down the street from one another.

Police issued the warrant with a $50,000 cash bond. Michel Smith is wanted on three counts: solicitation of a minor, possession of child pornography and sexual exploitation of a minor.

Authorities say Smith is 5 feet 5 inches tall and 140 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

If you have any information, you can call the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s office.

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