Police say Cody Lee Smith’s second victim was 14 years old

Last updated: October 22. 2013 11:22PM -
JON O’CONNELL joconnell@timesleader.com

Cody Lee Smith, hired in April for the Wyoming Borough police force, faces charges he had sex with another underage girl.
Cody Lee Smith, hired in April for the Wyoming Borough police force, faces charges he had sex with another underage girl.
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WYOMING — Less than two weeks after a suspended borough police officer faced charges for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old girl, he was in court again Monday for charges he had sex with another girl.

State police charged Cody Lee Smith with four felony counts, including statutory rape and corruption of minors.

He had been charged Oct. 9 with misdemeanor counts of corruption of minors when state police alleged he had sex at least three times with a 15-year-old and supplied alcohol for minors in June of this year.

According to a state police affidavit:

Smith met his second victim, a 14-year-old girl, in 2012 at the Luzerne County Fair through mutual friends.

He sent messages to her using Facebook and they began to see each other shortly after. Smith was 20 years old at the time. The girl said Smith knew just how old she was.

The girl offered her story to state police Oct. 11, two days after the suspended officer’s arraignment.

Smith told her he was in a gang and flaunted a tattoo on his arm. He told her he worked for Verizon, and the girl said she knew he was 19 or 20 years old.

Because he was so much older, Smith insisted the girl should keep their relationship secret from her friends and her mother, state police said.

During each of their sexual encounters, the victim said, Smith picked her up at home without her mother’s knowledge and they went to his house, where he lived with his mother, state police said.

This happened at least 10 different times, in his Wyoming home and once when he took her to a hotel in the Poconos, state police said. The encounters happened between September of 2012 and February of 2013.

Wyoming Mayor Robert Boyer suspended Smith without pay when Smith was first charged Oct. 9. Smith was sworn in as an part-time officer April 9.

He is free on $30,000 bail posted Monday by a bail bondsman. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 30 before District Judge Joseph Carmody.

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