A 31-year-old Idaho man was arraigned in Butte Justice Court on a felony sexual assault charge Wednesday for inappropriately touching a girl under 16 near Fairmont Hot Springs in 2017.
David Keith Smith of Victor, Idaho, was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Ben Pezdark for allegedly moving his hand down and under 16-year-old girl's pants and squeezing her buttocks sometime between June and July 2017 in the vicinity of Fairmont Hot Springs, according to court documents.
Undersheriff George Skuletich said Butte police have been working with Teton County law enforcement on this sexual assault case since it was reported by the victim in Idaho on March 11, 2018.
Teton County law enforcement shared the victim’s interview and their reports with Butte police and the Butte-Silver Bow County Attorney’s office, Skuletich said.
County attorney Kelli Fivey filed the felony sexual assault charge for sexual contact without consent against Smith on Jan. 18, 2019. Fivey said Smith was arrested in Idaho and asked to make an appearance in Butte-Silver Bow County.
The details of Smith’s arrest are unclear, as Teton County law enforcement could not be immediately reached for comment, but Skuletich confirmed Smith was arrested in Idaho on the Butte-Silver Bow County warrant, posted bond, then came up to Butte to appear in Justice Court.
On Wednesday, Smith was booked into the Butte detention center for 47 minutes before being released on bond conditions.
According to the bond conditions document, Smith may live and work in Victor, Idaho, but if he violates any of the eight listed conditions, he may be arrested immediately and booked into jail on a $25,000 bond.
Smith’s preliminary hearing in Butte Justice Court is set for April 4, but that appearance will likely be waived and Smith will instead probably appear next in District Court, Butte Justice Court clerks said Thursday.