by: Sara Whaley Updated:
Tulsa, OK - A man suspected of kidnapping and raping a child in Glenpool and trying to lure away two others in Tulsa is behind bars.
We livestreamed a police news conference Tuesday afternoon on FOX23.com when Glenpool police announced they have a “person of interest” in custody on an unrelated charge.
FOX23 learned through federal documents the man’s name is Kevin Leroy Smith.
Those same documents show federal agencies arrested Smith in late July on several child pornography charges.
He’s accused of distributing inappropriate videos and pictures of kids in January and February of this year.
The dates listed are nearly a year after a 12-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in Glenpool, but just a short time before the suspected lemonade incident in midtown Tulsa.
“Anyone who heard about the lemonade stand in March where two little girls tried to be drawn into a car, in my opinion, that’s the last batch of innocence in our society,” Tulsa Police Department Chief Chuck Jordan said Tuesday.
Documents show Smith was released on bond shortly after he was arrested in July.
Police later made the connection with the two other cases, and last week, Smith was re-arrested and this time booked without bond.
Police won't confirm how Smith was connected to the other two cases, but we do know DNA testing was involved in some fashion.
“There’s been a lot of man hours put in by each department,” Glenpool Police Chief Dennis Waller told FOX23. “I’m totally relieved. I have a granddaughter that is 7-years-old. You just never know.”
Waller told FOX23 official charges haven’t been field in the rape case, but he’s confident it will happen soon.