Man Charged With Taking Indecent Liberties

A two month investigation by Smithfield Police has led to the arrest of a 35 year-old man on indecent liberties charges.

Detectives launched their investigation on November 9th, 2018 after the 14 year-old female victim confided to a relative of the alleged offenses that had occurred between September 2017 and November 2018, according to Police Chief Keith Powell. The relative then reported the allegations to police.

Ashley Grant Stevens of Oak Street, Smithfield was charged Jan. 14th with three counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor. Stevens was confined in the Johnston County Jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond.