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Donald J. Smith admitted to trying to lure children in the past

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Updated: 6/22/2013 2:29 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The man arrested in connection with the abduction and murder of an 8-year-old girl in Jacksonville is a known sex offender, and has tried to lure children before.

Donald J. Smith tried to lure a young girl away from her mother in 2009. Smith, posing as a DCF worker, called a local mom saying he needed to speak with her child. The mother got suspicious and called police.

Smith was arrested. Last year he pleaded guilty to attempted impersonation of a public employee and attempted child abuse by mental harm.  He was sentenced to one year for each count, but with time served, he was out of jail within a year.  Smith was released from jail on May 31 of this year.  He was out for just 21 days before Charish was found dead.

The mother in the 2009 case told Action News today she is heartbroken and terrified, saying this could've been her daughter four years ago. Stephanie Boggs wonders why Smith was out of prison at all.

Smith's criminal past with children goes back decades.

Records show he was convicted in 1977 for lewd and lascivious behavior on a child under 16.

He was sentenced to five years in prison in 1993 for attempted kidnapping of a minor. He tried to lure three little girls into a van filled with pornography. When he was released, Smith had to register as a sex offender.

JSO told Action News Smith was not on probation during the time of Charish's disappearance, but he was on JSO's radar while he lived at his registered address on Segovia Avenue.  Around 1 p.m., a woman at that home, believed to be Smith's mother, was led away by police.

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nativejax - 6/23/2013 7:16 PM
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SICK is SICK, I don't care if your homosexual a pedophyle, a sexual addict, or sexual deviant or whatever. To HAVE ANY KIND OF SEXUAL RELATIONS OUTSIDE OF GODS WORDS, IS SICK...Quit trying to make more 'excuses' for homosexuals..they live within their OWN twisted IDEALS of who they 'choose' to have sex with, with out ANY idea of how sick they really are, or how it EFFECTS all. God knows this , too bad our corrupt Government defends SICK PEOPLE.(Oh except hard working, God loving/fearing Americans, and our VETERANS who come back from war with IMAGES of themselves 'killing' other human beings with GOVERNMENT SUPPLIED WEAPONS and now they cannot own a weapon to protect themselves here?) oops, sorry got off track...READ YOUR BIBLE, it clearly states, "DO NOT SIN, REMOVE YOURSELF FROM THE SINNERS, AND PRAY FOR THE ONES WHO ARE SINNING TO RETURN TO GOD". God absolutely knows WHO is LOST in this world, and to MAKE ANY EXCUSE for ANY SEXUAL DEVIANT as this Smith guy or a homosexual, BRINGS EVERYONE DOWN IN THE EYES OF GOD. I PRAY, JUST FOR TODAY, EVERYONE OPENS THEIR EYES AND BELIEVES WITH ALL THEIR HEARTS AND SOULS THAT GOD IS STILL HERE AND HE'S STILL WATCHING AND LISTENING, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY...HE STILL LOVES EACH AND EVERYONE OF US, EVEN THE LOWEST FORM OF SINNER EVER BORN. We will know this on our last day with our last breath on this earth. God needed this Angel and OTHER Angels, to tell us to STOP SINNING, FIND A WAY TO SPREAD HIS LOVE TO MAKE OTHERS STOP SINNING, before our souls are lost and damaged further and NO MORE innocent people and children suffer.

georgiagurl - 6/23/2013 12:46 PM
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Realchange, I guess I always thought homosexuality was when an adult likes having sex with another adult of the same sex. I think pedophiles are adults who prefer having sex with children, boy or girl. This DJS character is really sick in the head, especially for coming up with a plan to entice the innocent child of a desperate woman so that he could do to that child what he wanted. He has the audacity to plead not guilty. Why couldn't this man just get his jollies from his so-called wife with the $100 Walmart gift card?? Why, because he's sick in the head.

Standup - 6/23/2013 10:44 AM
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wow real change you sound like an idiot and a pedo yourself. what person would link homosexuality to pedophilia? the fact that your mind works like that shows me you have an alternative agenda, kinda like a pedophile. how do you excuse a GROWN man for having sex with an underage female yet attack a homosexual teenager for doing that same thing? most sexual predators molest people of the opposite sex. homosexuality is no different than heterosexuality. we all partake in sexual behavior that is a apart of our nature. it is perfectly normal to be attracted to another adult because they are sexually developed, they actually have something to be attracted to. it is NOT normal to be sexually attracted to someone who has not developed or hit puberty because they literally have nothing that would entice the adult mind. THAT'S WHAT MAKES A PEDOPHILE SICK! they are attracted to someone who is not sexually developed. your mind frame frightens me and honestly i fear for the young women around you. sicksicksick is what you are! you seem to have a fascination for teenage girls, you honestly need your head checked. any who would agree with you needs to do the same.

nativejax - 6/22/2013 6:40 PM
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Again Realchange you have nailed a BIG part of this sickness spreading across this Country. And cheriamour, once a pediphyle ALWAYS one. They are NOT rehabilitatable.They should reavaluate the drug users they have locked up for decades and get them out to get help. Unless they are selling and getting rich, they hurt themselves, not our children.

cheriamour - 6/22/2013 4:41 PM
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This is an opportunity to take serious measures that ensure real rehabilitation in our corrections system. Feeding and housing of prisoners just gives them incentive to return to the place where they are fed or housed. Prisoners should work to rebuild the structures funded by taxpayers. Prisoners should be educated by the most reliable educational source, the bible.

Realchange - 6/22/2013 3:10 PM
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I have seen people say pedophiles are liking homosexuals if they act even once on their impulses or desires they can almost never stop. Should be asking why has recent homosexuals who have been having sex with underage children not being charged. Elmo actor, the girl down here who turned 18 thought she could keep having sex with her GF 14 and later 15 at the time, the gay congressman 43 up north caught with 17 year old young man. I read case down here recently in fla where a man was convicted of having sex with girl he met at 21 and up club the judge stated he should checked her id. First she had fake id second tell some girl that likes you in club you don't trust her need to card her see what happens. Should ask the gay community what their agenda is with legalizing sex with teens 14 and up. Of course homosexual behavior tolerated now and taught as good, because its genetic and they can't resist their impulses to act on it. Sound familiar?

doug1 - 6/22/2013 1:09 PM
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why is this "creature" walking the streets?
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