Smithfield Man Charged With Sexual Assault

A 33 year-old Smithfield man has been arrested on child sexual assault charges.

The incident involving the suspect allegedly occurred approximately 10 years ago.  The male victim was approximately 9 years of age when the assault took place.

Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Caldwell said the victim reported the incident on July 5th.  Following an investigation by Johnston County Sheriff detectives, Mario Alberto Lopez of Ray Drive, Smithfield was arrested July 11th.

Lopez was charged with first degree sex offense of a child and taking indecent liberties with a child.  He was held in the Johnston County Jail under a half-million dollar bond.

No additional details were released because the victim was a juvenile when the alleged assault occurred.