Troopers arrest man on charges of sexual abuse

FRIENDSHIP, N.Y. (WIVB) — Police say a victim reached out to them following sexual abuse in the Town of Friendship, and they’ve made an arrest following an investigation.

Troopers say they detained Paul R. Smith, 29, on Monday, five days after the initial report of the abuse. Smith stands charged with second degree sexual abuse and forcible touching.

After he was arraigned, Smith was remanded to Allegany County Jail in lieu of $15,000. He last appeared in court on June 16. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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