Woman Faces Criminal Charges in Rockingham County & Bridgewater Man Accused of Drunken Driving

Posted on Nov 25, 2008

A woman was indicted this week on four additional charges relating to an alleged case of a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old Bridgewater girl.  The woman was charged four months ago with several felonies.

Last Monday, a Rockingham County grand jury indicted Alisha Nicole Smith, 20, of Brandywine, West Virginia, on three felony counts of possession of child pornography, one felony count of using an electronic device to obtain child pornography and one felony indecent liberties charge.  These counts are in addition to the charges on July 11 of three felonies including, carnal knowledge of a child, crimes against nature and taking indecent liberties.  Smith was also charged at that time with a misdemeanor of causing or encouraging acts rendering children delinquent or abused.

When Smith was initially charged, prosecutors stated that additional charges could be filed at a later time, based on the outcome of forensic work on Smith’s cell phone.

According to Rockingham County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Clark Ritchie, the investigation started after a family member of the alleged victim found out about the relationship and notified the girl’s parents.

In an affidavit for a search warrant of Smith’s cell phone, a deputy stated that the girl reported she had taken a nude photograph of herself and sent it to Smith’s cell phone.  The teen girl told deputies that sending inappropriate photographs was “a normal part of their relationship.”  After searching Smith’s phone, deputies discovered nude photos of the 14-year-old.

Also last Monday, a man from Bridgewater was accused of drunken driving and hitting almost a half-dozen cars along Virginia Avenue in September.  The grand jury indicted Nathon Knight, 27, on felony charges of hit-and-run and driving-under-the-influence.

This could be Knight’s fourth conviction on that offense, which carries a maximum jail sentence of 5 years and a minimum mandatory sentence of one year.  His court records indicate that Knight was convicted of two DUI’s in 2000 and one in 2006.

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