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Newport News man sexually assaulted girl, 10, 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. (HNNDaily/Courtesy of YPSO)

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 – he had 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 alleged 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.

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John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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