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Pa. man faces charges in school bus stop incident

June 27, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

A 28-year-old Chambersburg man was indicted by a Washington County grand jury last week in connection with allegedly trying to pick up a 13-year-old girl in April while she waited at a school bus stop, Washington County Sheriff's Department Investigator Chris Weaver said.

Jerry Edward Smith, of 108 W. Commerce St., was indicted June 21 on one count of abduct child under 16 in connection with the April 28 incident, Weaver said.

Smith was arrested Friday and brought before a Washington County District Court Commissioner, who placed him on a $10,000 unsecured bond, which he posted, Weaver said.

The misdemeanor count carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence and/or $5,000 fine.

Weaver said the girl was waiting at a Maugansville bus stop at about 7 a.m. April 28 when a man pulled up in a dark-colored sport utility vehicle and asked her if she wanted to go with him for an hour "and make $200," he said.

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The man increased his offer to $400, but the girl walked away and - as she was doing so - he made a sexual remark to her, Weaver said.

The girl, who originally thought the man was lost and needed directions, ran to a safe place, but was able to write the man's license plate number on her hand and call police, Weaver said.

"She had enough common sense not to go right over to the vehicle," he said.

Weaver said that the girl picked Smith's picture out of a photographic lineup.

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