Washington man sentenced for child sex abuse in Missouri

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A 56-year-old Washington man was sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole for traveling to Missouri to sexually assault a young girl. Timothy Smith, of Renton, Washington, was sentenced Wednesday for traveling across state lines to engage in illicit sexual conduct. Prosecutors say the investigation began in 2018 when the girl told a friend that Smith had assaulted her. A school counselor notified the Missouri Department of Social Services. The girl told investigators Smith had assaulted her several times when she was between the ages of 5 and 12, both at Fort Leonard Wood and at a Missouri home. Smith will also have be on supervised release for the rest of his life after he serves his prison sentence.