MEMPHIS – Special Agents in the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit have arrested a youth behavioral counselor accused of an inappropriate relationship with a juvenile in his care.
On February 27th, and at the request of 30th District Attorney General Amy Weirich, TBI Special Agents began investigating a report of alleged sexual assaults at Youth Villages in Bartlett. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that Deniro Smith, a Behavioral Youth Counselor at the facility, was involved in sexual activities with a juvenile resident at the facility. The investigation further revealed the alleged activity occurred on the Youth Villages campus and at Smith’s residence in Memphis on several occasions between April 2014 and October 2014. The child is no longer a resident at the facility, but remains in the care of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.
This morning, TBI Agents arrested Smith without incident at his Memphis residence and charged the 25-year-old with one count of Statutory Rape by an Authority Figure, one count of Statutory Rape, and one count of Solicitation of a Minor. Smith was subsequently booked into the Shelby County Jail, where, at the time of this release, he was being held on an undetermined bond amount.