Traveling high school softball team director faces statutory rape charge in Hendersonville

Posted at 8:32 AM, Dec 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-14 09:33:21-05

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Blount County man has been charged with statutory rape in Hendersonville.

Kenneth Smith, age 45, was arrested at his residence in Maryville on Thursday after Hendersonville police began investigating earlier this week.

Authorities said they received a report that a female had been sexually assaulted by a director of a traveling high school softball program while in Hendersonville.

According to detectives, evidence revealed multiple incidents of sexual advances and contact by the suspect and the victim in Hendersonville and other areas.

At the time, the victim was under the age of 18, police said.

Smith is being held in the Sumner County Jail on two counts of statutory rape by an authority figure and two counts of solicitation of a minor.

He’s scheduled to appear in Sumner County General Sessions Court on January 9.