January 7, 2022

USA: After A Multi-Year Investigation, Pennsylvania Democrat Commissioner Arrested For Raping 15-Year-Old Boy In His Car.

CBS Philly published December 29, 2021: Darby Township Commissioner Arrested For Alleged Sexual Assault. After a multi-year investigation, Philadelphia police say an arrest warrant was issued for Marvin Smith on Nov. 22.
CITY OF CHESTER NEWS TV published December 29, 2021: Darby Township Commissioner Marvin Smith Charged With Rape of a Young Man in Philadelphia. City of Chester News Tv PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A Darby Township commissioner has been arrested in Philadelphia after turning himself in for an alleged rape crime. Police arrested Marvin Smith with rape, sexual assault, and luring for an alleged incident dating to 2017 where investigators say he allegedly raped a male.

Fox26 News, Philly local
written by Ryan Beesley
Tuesday January 4, 2022

A Pennsylvania Democrat Commissioner was arrested and charged last week for raping a 15-year-old boy back in 2017.

50-year-old Marvin Smith reportedly lured the teen into his car in Philadelphia in August 2017.

According to reports, Smith told the juvenile he would give him a ride home, however, he drove the boy to a remote park and sexually assaulted him.

The juvenile reported the sexual assault to Philadelphia police in April 2019.

It is unclear why the investigation into the sexual assault of a minor took more than two years before Smith was arrested.

Darby Township commissioner Marvin Smith was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy after luring him into his car in Philadelphia in 2017.

Smith, 50, is a Democrat elected as the commissioner representing Darby Township’s First Ward in 2019. He is charged with rape, statutory sexual assault, luring a child into a motor vehicle and other offenses, Philadelphia Police Department spokesperson Eric McLaurin confirmed on Friday.

Smith turned himself in Tuesday. A warrant had been issued for his arrest on Nov. 22. Court documents show Smith posted his $100,000 bail on Wednesday and was released pending his next court date scheduled for Jan. 5

In April 2019, the boy told Philadelphia police he had been sexually assaulted by Smith on Aug. 12, 2017, McLaurin said. The alleged victim was 15 at the time of the incident.

He told investigators he was approached by Smith in a vehicle. The commissioner identified himself as a family friend and offered to give the boy a ride home.

But instead Smith drove to a park near 200 S. 63rd St. where he allegedly exposed himself to the boy before sexually assaulting him. Then Smith dropped the teen off at an undisclosed location and drove away.

It's unclear at this time why the investigation into Smith lasted two years before he was arrested.

"The township takes these matters very seriously and will cooperate to the fullest extent with any investigation related to Commissioner Smith," Darby officials said in a statement to 6ABC.

The town won't take any action regarding Smith until a conviction or guilty plea is secured.

For a short time after taking office, Smith served as Darby Township's police commissioner. He was removed from that position in September 2020 after he shared an image on Facebook showing two Black men pointing guns at a white police officer, along with the line, "Does it have to come to this to make them stop murdering and terrorizing us?"

Smith removed the post and apologized online after the meme was condemned by the Delaware County district attorney and other law enforcement groups.
According to court documents, Marvin Smith was released from jail after he posted a $100,000 bail pending his Wednesday court date.

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