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Man arrested after 10-year-old girl is sexually assaulted in York County, authorities say

Ronald Smalley turned himself in at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail Tuesday on outstanding warrants for felony aggravated sexual battery of a child and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. (WYDaily/Courtesy of YPSO)
Ronald Smalley surrendered Tuesday  at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail on outstanding warrants for felony aggravated sexual battery of a child and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. (WYDaily/Courtesy of YPSO)

YORK — A Newport News man has been arrested after he allegedly sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl in York County.

Ronald Smalley, 30, surrendered Tuesday at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail on outstanding warrants for felony aggravated sexual battery of a child and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Shelley Ward said.

Authorities believe he sexually assaulted the girl June 30 inside a residence in the 100 block of Walnut Drive.

The victim’s mother reported the incident to the sheriff’s office, Ward added.

Court records show Smalley has previously been charged with other offenses, including assault and battery, grand larceny and possession of a controlled substance. Some of the charges date back to 2008.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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