Sex offender arrested for peeing on relative in Oconee County

Oconee County deputies arrested a convicted sex offender Thursday after he urinated on a family member during an argument in their home on Garrett Road.

Authorities said 24-year-old Keith Level Smith was a sex offender who never registered with the sheriff’s office after moving to Oconee County about a year ago.

Deputies responded to Smith’s home about 3 p.m. Thursday after his uncle called to report Smith urinated on him after they argued, Oconee County Chief Deputy Lee Weems said.

“The victim called 911 and said the offender was walking around and was wearing a white tank top and no pants,” according to Weems.

The 54-year-old uncle was outside when deputies arrived, and Smith was inside the home, naked from the waist down, he said.

Smith was arrested for simple battery under the Family Violence Act, but when processing him at the jail authorities learned that he was a convicted sex offender while making a query through the National Crime Information Center database.

Weems said Friday afternoon that Oconee County authorities had yet to determine when and where Smith was convicted of a sex offense. The NCIC check showed only that he had last registered as a sex offender in 2006 while living in Centreville, Ill.

Smith had been convicted of some type of sexual assault, but authorities were unable to obtain details of the crime.

“We found he had previously been a sex offender in Illinois, and had not been registered anywhere else that we could find,” Weems said.

One year after registering in Centreville, in 2007, Smith was booked into the Dekalb County Jail on a charge of giving false information. He was arrested in that county again in 2011 on a battery charge.

Smith was being held Friday at the Oconee County Jail pending a first appearance hearing in Magistrate Court.

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