Darrius Smith - Stalking, Soliciting

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West TN Man Accused of Stalking, Soliciting a Minor

By news@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. – A West Tennessee man is jailed after he allegedly stalked and solicited a minor.

According to court documents, Darrius Smith, 23, of Medina, is charged with two counts of solicitation of a minor and stalking. The victim reportedly identified him from a photo lineup.

Police believe Smith encountered the 16-year-old boy in front of the teen’s home in mid-April and offered the boy $100 if he could watch him masturbate. The teen did not report the incident to police at that time.

On May 15, police received a similar call about a man in a car, matching Smith's physical and car description, driving around a Jackson residential area. The complainant told police that they had seen and heard about the man in the car exhibiting the same type of behavior toward young boys. The complainant also reportedly said they had seen the man and car in the area several times.

On the afternoon of May 17, an officer reportedly spotted the car as described by the complainant. The officer stopped the car in a Jackson apartment complex and identified Smith as the driver. Smith was issued a citation for violation of registration law. Police said the officer also conducted a field interview with Smith and forwarded his information to investigators.

A second incident allegedly happened on May 19 when the teen, who was allegedly first propositioned in April, was walking on East College Street. Again, Smith is accused of propositioning the boy and offering him $100 to watch the child masturbate.

Smith is being held at the Madison County Jail on $10,000 bond. He has been court ordered to have no contact with the teen. Smith's preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on May 30 in City Court.

Police believe Smith may have other victims who have not reported incidents to police. Anyone who has experienced these types of incidents is asked to contact the Jackson Police Department's Violent Crimes Unit at (731) 425-8400 or your local law enforcement agency.