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US Marshals searching for man accused of indecency with a child by contact

Brian Edward Smith is accused of indecency with a child by contact for an incident that happened back in 2016. (Photo courtesy: Lone Star Fugitive Task Force)

Brian Edward Smith, 40, is accused of indecency with a child by contact for an incident that happened back in 2016.

"This individual, Brian Smith, and the victim are laying on the couch watching TV and Brian invites her over for what is explained as 'snuggle time.' That time went in an opposite direction, sexual in nature," said Deputy U.S. Marshal Brandon Filla.

The victim, who was 13 at the time, reported the crime last month. It happened at the apartment where they were living in South Austin, but U.S. Marshals believe Smith may have left the state.

"Some time on or about August 7th of this year, which is two days after the allegations came before the Austin Police Department, we learned he may have gone into Oklahoma," said Filla.

Smith is 5'8" and weighs 210 pounds. Officers said he may be suicidal and they want to find him as soon as possible.

"A young child has been victimized, and he'll have to answer for it," said Filla.

if you have any information on Brian Smith, call the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force at 512-800-4213.

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