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Omaha Police suggest more victims possible after child sexual assault suspect arrested

Dennis Eugene Smith
Dennis Eugene Smith(Omaha Police Department)
Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 1:05 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Omaha and Council Bluffs police arrested a man suspected of sexually abusing a child, and say there may be more victims who have not yet come forward.

Dennis E. Smith, 36, was taken into custody after a juvenile told police they had been sexually assaulted near 44th and Dodge streets, OPD said in a news release Thursday. He was in Pottawattamie County Jail on Thursday awaiting extradition to Omaha as a fugitive from justice.

Detectives with the Child Victim Sexual Assault Unit believe there may be more victims in this case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact OPD’s Child Special Victims Unit at 402-444-5636; or contact Omaha Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP or submit a tip online at omahacrimestoppers.org or through the P3 Tips app.

OPD suggested families who believe their child has been a victim get information and support from Project Harmony, which can be reached at 402-595-1326.

According to court documents, the 13-year-old victim’s mother called police saying that her child had been raped. The mother told police she had given her child permission to stay with friends at a hotel at 4440 Douglas St. to use the pool for four days. When she picked up her child on July 19, her children became upset, at which time she was told her daughter had been raped, records state.

During an interview at Project Harmony, the victim said she had been drinking alcohol heavily while at the hotel, the documents state. The teen said when they began to run out of alcohol, a friend suggested texting Smith, who agreed to meet with the victim in a parking lot. When she climbed into the back seat, he got in the back with her and sexually assaulted her, gave her about $250, and the victim left, the affidavit states.

Identifying him by his Facebook image, the victim told police she had known Smith for several months but had not had sexual contact with him prior to the incident.

Editor’s note: A broadcast version of this story contained incorrect information about Dennis Smith’s affiliation with a local business. That business issued a clarifying statement in response, which we are including below:

“We are sympathetic to the recent situation that was recently reported.

However, it has come to our attention that numerous reports and media outlets have indicated that Dennis Smith is an acting owner of 50 Shades of Green. Mr. Smith has never been a member or maintained ownership or legal interest in 50 Shades of Green 2, LLC; the operating entity for the local 50 Shades of Green retail stores. He served only as an outside consultant and that status has been terminated.

Mr. Smith inadvertently filed two Nebraska entities using the names of 50 Shades of Green Consulting, LLC and 50 Shades of Green Investments Properties LLC, those names were not authorized by the legal owner of 50 Shades of Green 2, LLC. We are working diligently with counsel to appropriately address and correct those violations to ensure the protection and goodwill of the 50 Shades of Green brand.

We sincerely value our customers and want to clarify any confusion that may have been caused by recent reports.”

50 Shades of Green spokesperson

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