Ex-MTV Star Connor Smith Wanted for Allegedly Trying to Meet Girl Under 15 for Sex
Ex-MTV Star Connor Smith Wanted for Trying to Meet Girl Under Age of 15 For Sexual Encounter in IL
2/15/2023 8:57 AM PT
Connor Smith -- a former MTV star from "Are You the One?" -- is again being accused of trying to engage in sex acts with a minor ... and now, cops are looking for him.
The ex-reality show contestant -- who was prominently featured on 'AYTO' way back in 2015 -- is wanted in the state of Illinois ... where the Lake County Sheriff's Office says they've issued a warrant for his arrest on suspicion of trying to meet a child for a sexual encounter.
According to LCSO, Smith interacted with an undercover detective online for the past several weeks ... thinking the cop was a girl under the age of 15, and allegedly sending explicit material of himself -- and then planning to meet up with the fake kid to engage in sex acts.
Smith is accused of driving to a rendezvous point on Feb. 9 -- where he allegedly scheduled to pick up the would-be teen -- and at this point ... the Sheriff's Office says their officers moved in to apprehend him. However, they say Smith successfully fled in his pickup truck.
The following day, Lake County obtained a warrant for his arrest -- on felony charges of traveling to meet a minor, grooming and disseminating harmful material -- with a judge signing off on a million-dollar bond if he were to be captured and arrested.
LCSO says Smith indicated to them that he'd actually surrender, but note ... he hasn't done so yet. Now, they're warning the public about him -- and asking for tips on his whereabouts.
Here's the most troubling part about this ... Smith was arrested on a similar charge 2 years ago -- this after he allegedly raped a 16-year-old girl in Indiana. The account that the alleged victim gave police was brutal ... and he ended up getting picked up in neighboring Chicago.