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Ex-Alderman Charged With Soliciting Minor In Monterey

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Credit: The Cookeville Herald-Citizen Credit: The Cookeville Herald-Citizen

MONTEREY, Tenn. (AP) - A grand jury has charged former Monterey alderman Richard L. Smith with soliciting a minor and two counts of extortion.

The Cookeville Herald-Citizen reported that the indictments allege that Smith made contact with a minor female through social media and text messages and made threats "to embarrass her unless she returned certain personal property" to him.

Smith served on the Monterey board of mayor and aldermen for eight years, and in 2010 ran for mayor of the city. He lost by two votes.

Most recently, Smith gained media attention as he campaigned for what he calls "Boomer's Law" that would increase the possible punishment for aggravated assault in the state, following the death of his son in 2012.

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