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Sex charges filed against alleged drug dealer

Leonard Joseph Smith, 38, of rural Ponsford, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

According to court records, on April 13, 2017, a White Earth tribal police investigator received a report that a girl had been sexually assaulted on multiple occasions by a man who called himself "Joe Frog," later identified as Smith.

The last incident allegedly occurred in October of 2016 when the girl was 16. He was allegedly involved in selling illegal drugs and she was heavily dependent on drugs at the time.

Smith was due to be released from prison last month and has multiple felony warrants active in Becker County.

On Sept. 13, District Judge Galen Vaa set cash bail for Smith at $30,000 or bond at $30,000, with conditions, or bond at $60,000 without standard conditions of release.