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Sex offender charged in abuse case due in court

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William Smith, seen in a previous hearing, faces charges including abuse for his May 2013 arrest. William Smith, seen in a previous hearing, faces charges including abuse for his May 2013 arrest.
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A preliminary hearing was slated Friday for a registered sex offender who, authorities say, legally changed his name before he befriended a family with small children.

William Smith, 41, was arrested on May 25 during a search for a missing child, according to police. Police located Smith at his residence with a child whom police were not seeking.

Police said Smith is a moderate risk Tier II sex offender. According to Metro, Smith complied with the rules required of a registered sex offender, even though he legally changed his name at one point.

An independent search of Smith's name on an internet database from Metro and the state's Sexual Offender Registry showed no results.

In an arrest report, officers encountered Smith on May 25 and asked if there was anyone else at his home. Smith, in the report, refused entrance to the officers and presented a boy who he claimed was his nephew. The boy, who was not the one officers were seeking, told police, in the report, they were not related, resulting in Smith's detainment.

In the report, the boy told police Smith was a family friend who gave them gifts, and he was there at the time to sleep over. He also told officers, in the report, that Smith had touched his "private parts" during another sleepover the week before. Police took Smith into custody.

In further interviews with the boy at Smith's home, police learned, in the report, about the internet ad Smith placed last December. The boy told police, in the report, that Smith would be nice with his mom and siblings by giving them gifts and money. At one point in the report, the boy told police Smith was helping his family find a new home and help them move there.

The boy, in the report, called Smith a "bad guy" and "nasty," and he described at least two incidents that included both he and the suspect removing clothes off their bodies. The boy said, in the report, Smith talked him into these incidents.

Smith was charged with three counts of lewdness with a child younger than 14, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, burglary, two counts of child abuse with substantial harm, five counts of luring a child with mental illness and open and gross lewdness.

Smith was appointed a public defender in previous hearings. His hearing Friday was scheduled for 9 a.m. in Las Vegas Justice Court.

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