Wanted Sex Offender

(TOLEDO, Ohio) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is asking for the public’s help locating a sexually oriented offender with a felony warrant out for his arrest.

James Lee Smith, 50, last registered his address in December as being on 17th Street in Toledo. The Lucas County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for his arrest in January after finding that he failed to provide them with a change of address.

According to public records, Smith was convicted of the sexual battery of a juvenile female in 2002, and he was released from custody in 2005. He later plead no contest to a charge of attempted failure to verify in July 2011 and was sentenced to serve 15 months in prison.

Smith has a tattoo of a small blue cross on his upper right forearm.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of James Lee Smith should contact the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office or the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) at 855-BCI-OHIO (855-224-6446).

This news release is part of Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Crimes Against Children Initiative. As part of the Crimes Against Children Initiative, Attorney General DeWine will publicize convicted sex offenders who have victimized children and are wanted on outstanding warrants. Other parts of the initiative include the establishment of a Crimes Against Children Unit at BCI, creation of a rapid response team for crimes against children, and specialized law enforcement training through BCI and the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA).


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