Rape victim's attorney demands answers from Youth Villages - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Rape victim's attorney demands answers from Youth Villages

Deniro Smith appeared before a judge via video Tuesday. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Deniro Smith appeared before a judge via video Tuesday. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

The man accused of raping a child at Youth Villages had nothing more than a speeding ticket on his Shelby County record.

Deniro Smith, 25, appeared before a judge via video after he was arrested and charged with rape of a Youth Villages resident

According to the police affidavit, Smith allegedly had a sexual relationship with the teenage girl at his apartment and on the Youth Villages campus between April 2014 and October 2014.

Attorney Murray Wells is representing the victim. He says that there are lots of questions that need to be answered.

"I'm not sure how he was provided access to our client and how it is that they managed to have these things happen on the campus of Youth Villages in the parking lot," said Wells.

In an email to WMC Action News 5, Youth Village officials said they perform extensive background checks on all employees. They use national registries, a child service database, and personal references.

Officials added that they take fingerprints of all newly hired employees, then cross check those fingerprints with DCS, FBI, and TBI databases.

Everyone is monitored constantly by video surveillance on campus, and staff is trained about laws, regulations, and appropriate boundaries.

Wells says despite all of these precautions, someone didn't pay attention to what Smith was allegedly doing as he abused his position of power and trust.

"When a parent trusts Youth Villages to care for the child and to give that child the nurturing and support that it needs to grow up and be productive and then this happens, it's absolutely terrifying," Wells commented.

Wells added that he is working with police to determine whether there are any other victims.

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