The Bay County Sheriff’s Office arrested a sexual predator yesterday after evidence was obtained he had molested another child. Raymond Lawrence Daugherty, DOB 3/25/61, is a registered sexual predator in Bay County. Earlier this year, during routine address verification, a BCSO deputy discovered Theodosia Smith was living with him with her children.
DCF was contacted and spoke with Smith about the potential danger posed to her children living with a registered sexual predator. Smith refused to move out of the residence. Smith was contacted several times by law enforcement encouraging her to remove Daugherty’s access to her children and she refused, tell them she was breaking no law by living with Daughterty with her children. It is not a criminal offense for a registered sexual predator to live with a child. Smith also refused to allow DCF to speak with her children.
DCF obtained a court order to speak with one of Daugherty’s children who disclosed sexual molestation by Daugherty. Deputies and investigators went to Daugherty’s home at 16534 Grace Lane in Fountain. His vehicle was parked in front of the residence but Daugherty was not in the home. Daugherty was found hiding in the woods near his home. He was found in possession of marijuana. Daugherty was arrested and charged with Possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting Arrest without Violence, and Lewd and Lascivious Molestation.
Smith, DOB 11/16/89, was also arrested and charged with Child Neglect Causing Great Bodily Harm, Principle to Lewd and Lascivious Molestation and Accessory After the Fact to Lewd and Lascivious Molestation due to the fact Smith talked by phone several times to Daugherty during the DCF interview with the child.
Prepared by R. Corley
Information by Inv. A. Willis
Approved by Major T. Ford