Prosecutors: Massachusetts man planned to meet young girl

November 24, 2020 GMT

PEABODY, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man is in custody after allegedly bringing a loaded firearm to meet someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

Peter Smith, 50, is being held on $15,000 bail after he pleaded not guilty to charges that include child enticement, possession of a firearm with intent to commit a felony, attempt to commit kidnapping and distributing obscene material to a minor, the Salem News reported. Smith was ordered to surrender all weapons and to not contact anyone under 18 years old.


Prosecutors say Smith, of Woburn, made plans to meet the girl at a Barnes and Nobles in Peabody.

Smith’s attorney, Carmine Lepore, said that “the facts are what they are.”

Lepore asked Judge Peter Doyle not to set a bail higher than $5,000, offered to have Smith wear a GPS monitor and obey a curfew if released.