Hutchinson Area Man Jailed In solicitation Case Will Appear In Court Later This Month

Posted 2 years ago

By Fred Gough

The 22-year-old Hutchinson area man jailed last Friday on charges of electronic solicitation and attempted aggravated indecent liberties with a child managed to post bond and didn’t appear in court Tuesday.

Craig Austin Smith of 6111 North Monroe will appear on October 17 according to court officials, and most likely will be read the formal complaint for any charges the state may file.

Smith is alleged to have been in contact with what he thought was a 15-year-old girl, but the he was actually speaking with Hutchinson Police Detective Scott Carlton and Smith apparently showed up at a vacant Hutchinson apartment Friday morning and was placed under arrest.

Carlton says that it started on Facebook, but then went to text messaging. Smith apparently sent some sexually explicit text messages of what he wanted to do with the young girl. Friday, he apparently indicated he wanted to meet and showed up at the vacant north side apartment where he was placed under arrest.

Smith has been on Community Corrections for a burglary conviction from January of 2010.

Again, he will be in court on October 17, for a first appearance.