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Smartt charged with child rape
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A man has been charged with rape for a pattern of abuse that spanned much of the victim’s childhood, a crime reported more than a decade after it first occurred.The suspect, John David Smartt Jr., 45, of Rock Island is charged with two counts of child rape. He could face half a century behind bars if convicted.The charges come for incidents which happened as far back as 1999 and continued for several years. The warrants charging the Class A Felony of child rape list the years 1999-2001 and then 2005-2007 as the time the crimes were allegedly committed.The victim, identified only as a white female to whom Smartt had gained access, came forward with the charges recently.