The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men for having sex with a minor and creating videos and photos of the encounters.
The 16-year-old victim reported that the incidents took place between July and October. Detectives executed a search warrant last month at the home of one of the suspects, Sean Smart, DOB 6/25/76, 1807 Marbeth Street, Sarasota, and seized evidence in the case. Smart fled the state but a deputy with the Fugitive Apprehension Unit, working in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, developed information on Smart’s location and the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team captured him today in Cincinnati. His arrest warrant orders him held without bond until he faces a judge in Sarasota County.
Smart is charged with three counts of Unlawful Sexual Activity with Certain Minors, four counts of Sexual Performance by a Child for directing sexual conduct of the victim, and 11 counts of Sexual Performance by a Child for the pictures and videos.
The second suspect, David Bell, DOB 11/29/85, 3365 7th Street, Sarasota, was arrested Monday and charged with one count of Unlawful Sexual Activity with Certain Minors and one count of Directing or Promoting Sexual Performance by a Child. He is being held on $350,000 bond.