Crime

Former Rock Hill hospital guard accused of sex with teen patient

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A former security guard at Piedmont Medical Center is accused of raping a 16-year-old girl he met while she was a patient at the hospital, according to police.

Otis Smith, 57, is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to arrest warrants. He remained in the Moss Justice Center on Monday under $60,000 bond. He has no prior criminal record in South Carolina, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.

Officers began investigating the case in July after receiving a phone call from the 16-year-old victim’s mother. She told them her daughter ran away from their home in Clover on June 30 and was picked up two houses down by Smith, according to a police report. Smith reportedly drove the girl to his home in Rock Hill.

The victim has psychiatric issues, which is how she came to know Smith, who was a security officer at Piedmont Medical Center, the mother told officers.

The teen told her mother Smith gave her “some type of medication to ‘calm her down,’ and the two later had consensual sex,” the report states.

Smith knew the victim was mentally ill when they had sex, according to an arrest warrant.

When Smith found out the police were involved in trying to locate the teen, police said, he dropped her off at an outlet mall in Charlotte with $40 and a pack of cigarettes.

Smith has been fired from his job working security at Piedmont Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Amy Faulkenberry said, pointing out that he worked for a company contracted to provide security services.

“He will not be allowed to return to the hospital campus,” she said. “We have cooperated fully with this investigation and will continue to do so. The safety and security of our patients is and will continue to be our top priority.”

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala

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