Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Authorities search for sex offender they say touched young girls at Valrico Walmart

VALRICO — Authorities are searching for a sex offender they say touched six young girls Saturday afternoon inside a Walmart.

Authorities issued two warrants Sunday charging Robert P. Smith, 40, of 818 18th St. SW in Largo, with lewd and lascivious molestation of a child under 16.

Smith walked up to the girls about 3 p.m. at the store at 1208 E Brandon Blvd. and touched them on their buttocks over their clothing, according to Hillsborough County sheriff's officials.

The father of an 11-year-old Lakeland girl confronted Smith, authorities said, and Smith later left the store.

Detectives found surveillance footage of Smith touching the girls, officials said. After deputies identified Smith, Largo police visited his home but were unable to locate him.

Smith is registered as a sex offender for a 2000 conviction in Pinellas County of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child under 16, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

He may be driving a maroon or burgundy Ford pickup truck with Florida tag RFU11.

Anyone with information on Smith's whereabouts should call the Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200.

Authorities search for sex offender they say touched young girls at Valrico Walmart 12/19/10 [Last modified: Sunday, December 19, 2010 8:27pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Nearly 1 in 4 Tampa Bay homeowners considered equity rich

    Real Estate

    If your home is worth at least 50 percent more than you owe, you're rich — equity rich that is.

    About one in four Tampa Bay homeowners are considered "equity rich." [Associated Press file photo]
  2. Trump strategist Steve Bannon: No military solution in North Korea


    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — President Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon says there's no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear ambitions, despite the president's recent pledge to answer further aggression with "fire and fury."

    Steve Bannon, chief White House strategist to President Donald Trump, has drawn fire from some of Trump's closest advisers. [Associated Press]
  3. Rays have their chances, but end up with another loss (w/video)

    The Heater

    TORONTO — The litany of games the Rays have given away this season is long enough, arguably too lengthy. So the only way to get to the postseason is make up for some of those losses by grabbing some wins when the opportunity is presented, especially at this time of year when the margin is diminished and the stakes …

    Associated Press
  4. Dunedin man accused of possessing child pornography


    DUNEDIN — A 57-year-old man was arrested Wednesday, accused of intentionally downloading child pornography, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

    Richard Beal Anger, 57, of Dunedin faces 11 counts of possession of child pornography. [Courtesy of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  5. Pence cuts short Latin America trip and pressures Chile to sever all ties to North Korea


    SANTIAGO, Chile — Vice President Mike Pence is cutting short his Latin America trip by one day to return to Washington for a strategy meeting Friday at Camp David with President Donald Trump and the national security team.

    Vice President Mike Pence urged Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to take a tougher stand against North Korea on Wednesday in Santiago, Chile.