A Stephenville resident employed by Tarleton State University remains in the Erath County Jail after being arrested last week for aggravated sexual assault of child.
Jerome Lemann Smith, 38, was arrested by the Stephenville Police Department Tuesday following an allegation of sexual assault made by a 14-year-old female.
The police department received a 911 call on Aug. 11 from the alleged victim, who reported she had been abused by a man she knew, according to Lt. Doug McClammy. In making the outcry, the alleged victim - assigned the pseudonym "Jane TMAS" - claimed she had been sexually assaulted by Smith in May.
Following the allegation, the was victim taken to the police department before being transported to the Child Advocacy Center in Granbury for a forensic interview, an affidavit for Smith's arrest states.
"Through the course of the interview, "Jane TMAS" spoke of several incidents in which she was physically abused (by Smith) and on one instance spoke of a sexual abuse that occurred in May of 2011," the affidavit, signed by Officer Brandon Boen, says.
The victim alleged Smith hit her on the face and forced her against a wall before telling her to undress. She told police that she was then sexually assaulted by Smith.
The victim also claimed Smith apologized following the sexual assault and said he needed to "get his life right" before exiting the residence where the assault allegedly occurred.
Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1 Shawnee Bass issued a warrant for Smith's arrest last Monday. He was arrested Tuesday and charged with the first-degree felony offense.
Joe Feist, media relations manager with Tarleton State University, said Smith is currently employed by Tarleton as a custodian, but he has been placed on paid administrative leave. Feist also said Smith volunteered to assist the university coaching staff with track and field.
As of Monday, Smith remained in the Erath County Jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond.
If indicted and found guilty of the offense, Smith faces 5-99 years in prison.