Sheriff: Man wanted on child abuse charge in Texas arrested in Reedsport


    Brian Edward Smith (Douglas County Sheriff's Office booking photo)

    REEDSPORT, Ore. - A man wanted by authorities in Texas on child abuse-related charges was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon, Douglas County Sheriff's Office reports.

    On Tuesday, January 15, a deputy in Reedsport spotted a green 1996 Toyota Camry northbound in the 2000-block of Highway 101 committing a minor traffic violation.

    The deputy initiated a traffic stop, but the driver didn't provide a license or any identification.

    The man, later identified as 40 year-old Brian Edward Smith of Deadwood, Oregon, initially gave the deputy a false name and date of birth.

    "The deputy detained Smith and located a wallet on his person which provided his true identity," the sheriff's office said. "A records check revealed Smith had a warrant out for his arrest from the State of Texas for crimes of Child Abuse-Indecency with a Child."

    He was lodged temporarily at the Reedsport Municipal Jail and later transferred to the Douglas County Jail.

    He is being held on the no bail warrant awaiting extradition to Texas.

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