Arrest made in connection to sexual assault of three-year-old

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced an arrest in connection with the sexual assault of a three-year-old child Thursday afternoon.

The Richland County Fugitive Task Force and U.S. Marshals arrested 27-year-old Arcea Edward Smith, 27, around 6:30 a.m. Thursday. Smith was arrested near the 100 block of O’Neil Court without incident.

According to the department, between June 2012 and June 2013, Smith sexually assaulted a child within his family when she was between the ages of three and four. The victim recently told legal guardians what Smith had done to her while she was under his care and lived in Richland County.

Smith is charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor and cruelty to children. He was transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

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