Illinois man repeatedly raped teen after traveling to Indiana to meet her, police say – Herald & Review

Illinois man repeatedly raped teen after traveling to Indiana to meet her, police say – Herald & Review

CROWN POINT, Ind. — An Illinois man was arrested Thursday on charges he traveled to Hobart, Indiana, last summer to rape and sexually abuse a 16-year-old girl he met online, authorities said.

Connor N. Smith, 31, of Orland Park, is accused of forcing the girl to perform a sex act on him immediately after she got into his pickup truck July 16 in Hobart and forcing her to go to a hotel with him.

The girl told police Smith said, “If you don’t cooperate,” and lit a cigarette lighter, Lake Criminal Court records allege. 

The girl could hear the locks on Smith’s truck popping as she waited while he went in the hotel lobby and assumed Smith was repeatedly pressing the lock button on his key fob to prevent her from escaping, records state.

Once inside the room, Smith slapped her when she pleaded with him to let her go and hit her again when she refused to undress, according to court documents.

The girl told police she took off most of her clothes, and Smith pulled her by the hair into the bathroom, urinated on her and forced her to drink his urine by holding her nose, records allege.

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Smith is accused of dragging or walking the girl back to the bed, beginning another rape by forcing her to perform a sex act, strangling her for resisting and continuing the rape.

The girl told police Smith later drove her back to her relatives’ Hobart home and said he’d be coming back at the same time the following night.

When he dropped her off at a corner, several of her relatives were outside and began chasing Smith’s truck as Smith drove away, court records state.

The girl initially told police Smith pulled her out a window at the Hobart home by her hair before the alleged rape, but she later admitted she fabricated that part of the story because she …….