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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Monday May 6th, 2019 :: 12:58 p.m. PDT


News Story - Child Molest Arrest

Nature of Incident: Child Molest Arrest

Report Number: 19-26676

Location: Cities of Oxnard and Thousand Oaks

Date & Time: 2005 to 2018

Unit(s) Responsible: City of Thousand Oaks Police Department – Investigations Bureau Major Crimes – Sexual Assault Unit

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age

(V) Juvenile, Female

(V) Juvenile, Female

(A) Smith, Micah Lanere

Lancaster, Ca.


Calabasas, Ca.





On February 15, 2019, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was investigating a Suspected Child Abuse Report and talked with female adult that disclosed she was molested by her step-father from the age of 9 to approximately 18 years old. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department determined the crimes occurred in Ventura County and authored a courtesy report for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.

On February 19, 2019, the City of Thousand Oaks Police Department Investigations Bureau Major Crimes – Sexual Assault Unit received the report and began an investigation. During the investigation it was discovered the victim’s sister, was also a victim and had reported similar crimes in 2014, but later told detectives she did not want to pursue an investigation.

The investigation led detectives to the City of Lancaster, California and the state of Oklahoma where numerous interviews were completed. The investigation revealed Micah Smith had physically and sexually abused his step-daughters over a 13 year period.

On May 5, 2019, the City of Thousand Oaks Sexual Assault Unit concluded their investigation and arrested Micah Smith in the City of Camarillo without incident. Smith was arrested on 8 counts of 288(b)(1) PC – Forcible Lewd Acts Upon a Child.

Smith was booked into the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility. Due to the nature of the crime a bail increase was requested and granted. Smith’s bail is currently set at $3,600,000. Smith is scheduled to appear in Ventura County Superior Court on May 7, 2019, at 1:30 PM

Prepared by: Sergeant Dan Hawes

News Release Date: May 6, 2019

Media Follow-Up Contact: Senior Deputy Tim Lohman, 805-947-8255

[email protected]

Approved by: Captain Denise Sliva


Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).


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