Police: SE Iowa Man Sexually Abused, Gave Drugs to Minor


A southeast Iowa man who was arrested last week for enticing a minor earlier this month faces more charges after authorities allege he engaged in illicit acts and gave marijuana to a minor last year.

29-year-old Steve Dante Smith of Danville has been charged with second-degree sex abuse, enticing a minor, and drug distribution violation to a person under 18, all felonies.

Court records say during March and April 2021, Smith and the 12-year-old victim, messaged each other on social media, arranged to meet up, and were involved in a romantic relationship.

Ottumwa police say Smith shared a marijuana cigar with the victim on March 10th, 2021. The incident was captured on the victim’s cell phone.

According to court documents, Smith admitted to providing the victim marijuana, exchanging nude photos with the victim, and the victim performing sex act on him in an interview with police.

Smith is currently in the Wapello County Jail where his bond has been set at $35,000.

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