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SBSD - Big Bear Sheriffs Department
Wednesday May 2nd, 2018 :: 03:55 p.m. PDT


Male Adult Arrested for Unlawful Sexual Acts with a Minor

DATE/TIME: April 26, 2018 12:18 p.m.

INCIDENT: Male Adult Arrested for Unlawful Sexual Acts with a Minor

LOCATION: Big Bear City

SUSPECT: Joseph Smith, 20 years old, resident of Big Bear City

VICTIM: 16-year-old female


On April 26, 2018, Detectives from the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station arrested Joseph Smith for unlawful sexual acts against a female juvenile beginning when she was 15 years old. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that Smith and the victim were in a relationship and that Smith was aware of the victim’s age. Despite knowing that the victim was a minor child, Smith had sexual intercourse with the victim and orally copulated the victim on multiple occasions.

Smith was taken into custody without incident and booked in the Big Bear Jail on felony charges of unlawful sex with a minor and oral copulation with a minor. Smith remains in custody in lieu of $50,000 bail. Court procedures are pending in this matter in San Bernardino County Superior Court.

Refer: Tiffany Swantek, PIO

Station: Big Bear Sheriff’s Station

Phone No. (909) 866-0100

Case No. 161800441

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Big Bear Sheriffs Department
477 Summit Blvd
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

Emergency: 9-1-1

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