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Published: Thursday, 1/27/2005

West Toledo man arrested in sexual assault on girl

A West Toledo man was arrested yesterday after police said he sexually assaulted a 12-year-old while she was sleeping in her central-city home.

Brian D. Smith, 32, of 1818 Freeman St. was charged with rape. He was being held in the Lucas County jail without bond pending arraignment today in Toledo Municipal Court.

He is accused of assaulting the girl about 5 a.m. The girl woke up, pushed him away, and ran to tell her mother. The girl's mother and her aunt struggled with the suspect before he was apprehended by police as he was trying to flee, Detective Paul Tetuan said.

The girl and her mother, who suffered a hand injury during the struggle, were treated at St. Anne's Mercy Hospital, the detective said.

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