RICHMOND — A Lexington man accused of raping a Madison County girl younger than 16 faces an additional 600 felony charges for allegedly calling the girl from his jail cell.
On Wednesday, a district judge waived the case of Steven Smith, 29, to a Madison County grand jury for possible indictment.
Smith was charged in jail on July 26 — his 29th birthday — with 600 counts of prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor in a sex offense, according to court records.
He allegedly used a phone card he bought through the jail commissary to make calls from his jail cell, said Maj. Faye Winkler of the Madison County Detention Center.
The calls were made from Sept. 1 to July 14, said Sgt. Detective Lee Ann Boyle of the Berea Police Department.
The calls were recorded — as an operator tells an inmate when making the calls — and Boyle obtained a log containing the record of each call.
Smith is scheduled to go on trial Aug. 22 in Madison Circuit Court on the rape charge; the rape is alleged to have occurred May 19, 2010. He also is charged with intimidating a witness for allegedly threatening the girl and her family "with bodily harm or death if they aided law enforcement in his prosecution," according to last year's indictment.
Other charges include third-degree terroristic threatening for allegedly threatening to smash the girl's head with a baseball bat, and being a persistent felony offender for second-degree escape in Fayette County and receiving stolen property and theft in Jefferson County, according to the indictment.
Under a plea agreement offered late last year, Smith would have served seven years on the rape and intimidation charges, court records say. But he later withdrew his guilty plea when he objected to a pre-sentence investigation's description of the terroristic-threatening charge, which was to have been dismissed with the persistent-felony-offender charge, according to court records.
All the charges in the indictment were later reinstated. A status conference on Smith's case is scheduled Aug. 11 in Madison Circuit Court.
Smith remains in the Madison County jail in lieu of a $15,000 bond.