Crime

Lancaster man charged in rape, sexual abuse of teenage girl

Nicholas Edward Smith, 32, has been charged with the rape of an underage girl.
Nicholas Edward Smith, 32, has been charged with the rape of an underage girl. Madison County jail

A 32-year-old Lancaster man is charged with the rape of a 16-year-old girl, according to Madison County court records.

Nicholas Edward Smith was arrested Tuesday on charges of rape, sexual abuse, custodial interference and prohibited use of an electronic communications system to procure a minor for sexual offenses.

An arrest warrant filed by Berea police says Smith used a cellphone to contact the girl and schedule a time to meet. They met after 1 a.m. July 26, and Smith allegedly forced himself on her.

When the girl’s mother called the cellphone at 4 a.m., Smith took the phone from the girl and told the mother they were at work.

Kentucky State Police arrested Smith in Richmond. Smith remained in the Madison County jail Wednesday afternoon.

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