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Man accused of sex act in front of co-worker

A 31-year-old man is facing charges of abduction and public indecency for allegedly performing a sex act in front of a woman while at work in a Springfield warehouse.

Anthony Edward Smith Sr. was arrested Monday for an incident in May 2012 when a woman said he exposed himself to her. Springfield police picked up Smith on a warrant related to a theft case at Walmart as well as the abduction and public indecency charges.

The alleged incident occurred at Eby-Brown, 1982 Commerce Road. On May 21, 2012, a female employee told officers another employee had exposed himself to her that morning. According to the warrant issued for Smith’s arrest, the woman said he asked her to assist him with moving a box. When she followed him down an aisle, Smith allegedly pushed her between two large skids with boxes stacked on each side, cornering her and hiding them from view.

He exposed himself to her and committed a sex act, according to the warrant. He’s also accused of physically keeping her from leaving.

Smith allegedly fled the scene, and the victim notified a supervisor. The woman was checked out at Springfield Regional Medical Center, where police said they collected evidence.

Officials from Eby-Brown told officers Smith’s job was terminated but they did not specify when. A call to the company’s Human Resources department was not returned Tuesday.

After pleading not guilty on Tuesday during his arraignment, Smith asked Clark County Municipal Judge Denise Moody to make his bond an affordable amount. The judge answered that bond amounts are based on the crime, not whether the defendant can afford to pay it.

His bond was set at $28,000, and he must post 10 percent of that to be released from the Clark County Jail.

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