A Houston man is accused of molesting two children, by pretending to be a pediatrician. Authorities say that the victims included a 6-year-old boy.
Lee Smith III, 29, was arrested in Boise, Idaho, and charged with sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child in attacks on Aug. 1, 2017. The other victim, authorities said, was a 15 year old girl.
Boise police encountered Smith when someone reported “a suspicious vehicle with a flat tire,” Houston Police Detective David Yoon said at the news conference. The responding Boise officer ran Smith’s license plate and driver’s license, then learned that he was wanted in Texas. He was taken into custody without incident.
According to authorities, Lee used a disguise and pretended to be a doctor - to get close to the children without suspicion. Then, he allegedly molested them, and told the children that he was "examining" them.
Yoon said it was in June that he was assigned the case, after the parents of a 6-year-old and a 15-year-old reported that their children were sexually abused by Smith. The parents of the victims told police that Smith fled when they confronted him. Police tracked him down, asked him to come in and give a statement — and he disappeared again.
Smith volunteered at schools and other places where he had access to children.
“He was very active and very clever at how he got around children,” Yoon said.
When the children reported the alleged abuse, Lee took off running. He's been on the run for almost a year.
Police found him in Idaho, after a tipster snitched him out.