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Former MTV show star Connor Smith arrested on suspicion of grooming

Former Orland Park MTV star arrested after a year on the run on grooming charges


Former Orland Park MTV star arrested after a year on the run on grooming charges

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CHICAGO (CBS) — A former MTV star from Orland Park, wanted for soliciting sex from an undercover Lake County detective he thought was a girl, was arrested Thursday in Florida after more than a year on the run.

Connor Smith, 33, was wanted on an active arrest warrant for grooming, traveling to meet a minor and distributing harmful material, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested by the FBI on Thursday in Clearwater, Florida.

Authorities had been looking for Smith since February 2023.

Lake County police said at the time that he had communicated with an undercover detective posing as a girl under the age of 15.

Smith, who appeared on the MTV reality series “Are You The One?” allegedly sent sexually explicit photos and videos of himself in 2015 before arranging to meet her for sex, police said.

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On February 9, 2023, he drove to her place for sex, and when he arrived, detectives tried to arrest him, but he was able to escape.

After his arrest in Florida, Smith was held in the Pinellas County Jail pending extradition to Illinois.

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