(Council Bluffs) A former Shelby County resident was sentenced to 20-years in prison for the 1998 sexual abuse of a 12-year-old boy.
Pottawattamie County Judge Greg Steensland ruled 68-year-old Bobby E. Smith, of El Dorado Springs, Missouri, formerly of Harlan, guilty of sex abuse and one count of indecent contact with a child for crimes committed 14-years ago in Council Bluffs.
Court documents say Smith met the boy through First Baptist Church in Harlan, where Smith was a volunteer. The incident occurred during a non-sponsored fishing trip in 1998. Smith volunteered to take a 12-year boy to Lake Anita, after the child was unable to attend the church sponsored trip. Smith abused the boy in his vehicle and molested him in a Council Bluffs hotel room.
Smith moved to Harlan in 1983 and resided there at the time of the alleged assault. He moved to Missouri in 2008.
January 9, 2013