UPDATE: Upper Providence Man Arrested for Alleged Child Rape

The man, who shared a bedroom with the 12-year-old boy, claims that the acts were consensual.


Raheem Smith-Little, of Upper Providence, has been charged with rape of a child and related offenses after allegedly assaulting a 12-year-old boy in a bedroom that the two shared, according to the Pottstown Mercury.

According to police, the child's mother attempted to enter his bedroom Jan. 13 around 2 a.m. to find that the door was locked, breaking a rule in the house that no doors are to be locked in the house.

Smith-Little, 20, allegedly opened the door and said that he didn't lock it; shortly thereafter, the boy went to his mother's room "shaking and crying," saying that he was assaulted, according to police.

The boy's mother transported him to Phoenixville hospital, where doctors indicated that there had been swelling and inflamation in the area that was allegedly assulted, police said.

When questioned by police, Smith-Little said that the 12-year-old initiated contact, and began crying when police told him about evidence found in the hospital examination.

Facing additional charges including corruption of minors, statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and other related offenses, Smith-Little allegedly signed a statement admitting to some of the sex acts, but claiming that they were consensual.

Smith little was taken to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in lieu of $250,000 cash bail.

For more information, visit the Mercury article.

Original Story:

Upper Providence police have announced the arrest of a Collegeville man over the weekend for allegedly sexually assaulting a twelve-year-old. 

Raheem Smith-Little was arrested early on January 13, 2013 for the alleged attack. He was charged with rape of a child, corruption of minors, stautory sexual assault, and a laundry list of other crimes. 

The victim's identity is being withheld due to their age. 

Smith-Little was arraigned and remanded to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in lieu of $250,000 bail. He will face a preliminary hearing on January 23, 2013.

Patch will update this story as more information becomes available. 

Bob Tigro January 15, 2013 at 12:31 AM
Glad you decided to publish the name.
John Hegedus January 15, 2013 at 01:19 AM
I hope he gets it in the end.
Dynamo47 January 15, 2013 at 12:31 PM
Yet again another child is victimized and robbed of their innocence. Yet again I have no faith in the justice system as the perp will likely do minimal time and be released to destroy another child. There needs to be significantly tougher laws on child molesters as there is no cure. Despite attempts at rehab there is no such thing when it comes to child molestation. The perps who do these despicable acts have said time and time again (and shown in their actions) that once released they will try again. I hope this poor child makes a full recovery and has a supporting and loving family to get her through this as it will last a lifetime.
Molly Bowe January 15, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Please PLEASE get that child help! recovering from this ordeal will take a lifetime. She will never get her innocence back. I hope he rots in jail. I absolutely hate that this is so close to home.
Ed Roper January 16, 2013 at 12:53 AM
can't advocate this man being raped in prison like some may, but I sure hope he's put away for a long long time and away from society.
Mark M.Nave January 16, 2013 at 02:57 AM
To Dinamo and Molly you both said the victim was a girl (she will never get her innocents back ect...) The victim was a male as stated in the report by Patch reporters
Mark M.Nave January 16, 2013 at 02:59 AM
P.s. Im a full advocate of cuting a portion of his body off for such a offense its the only thing that without a doubt works
Haven's Brave January 16, 2013 at 03:07 AM
This is something that child's parents should read ASAP - www.havensbrave.com
Lynn B. January 16, 2013 at 11:23 AM
it was a 12 yr. old boy, not a girl.
grand master B January 16, 2013 at 12:25 PM
Why would this "mother" put her kid in the same room with a 20 year old. Make the 20 year old sleep on the couch. I wonder if the boy wanted him in the same room.
bbgirl143 January 16, 2013 at 05:33 PM
bbgirl143 January 16, 2013 at 05:36 PM
I just wanna say that everyone makes mistakes and im pretty sure this man would not do what he did again. Yall need to stop judging him and think about it.. this man could of been any of you. never say never because im pretty sure that he did not plan for this to happen.
Ridiculous January 16, 2013 at 05:51 PM
He forcibly sexually assaulted a child and admitted to it.. That is not a "mistake". You don't accidentally put your male genitalia into someone else's bodily orifices. We don't need to stop and think...he should have. If you have to ask yourself "should I be doing this to a child?" and the answer isn't no, then you're a sick individual who deserves to be convicted and sent to jail.
Katie January 16, 2013 at 06:22 PM
Most molesters are repeat offenders. How can you not judge someone who clearly violated the law and the innocence of a child!? He didn't plan for this to happen??!! Are you kidding me? You are clearly as deranged as this man. You're pretty sure of this and pretty sure of that...Get a grip. I'm pretty sure you're an idiot.
Theresa January 16, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Im confused!!! Why the hell were they sharing a bedroom? Was this a friend or family member??? This just makes me so angry! Sick! Don't judge??? So sick of these freaks hurting children! May he rot in hell!!!!
Caring One January 16, 2013 at 08:34 PM
My prayers go out to all who are affected by this horrible incident. May God's grace and healing be with you all.
asdfghjkl January 17, 2013 at 01:12 AM
It's scary to know that he went to my school. I knew him. He sat next to my friend on the bus. He was a nice, funny guy and we never suspected a thing. I walked the halls of my school remembering that he was just a normal kid that went to my school. It's so scary to know that you think you may know someone but they could end up being someone you never suspected to do this kind of thing.
CC January 18, 2013 at 01:20 AM
bbgirl143 - Are you kidding me?
SCANDAL January 18, 2013 at 10:09 AM
Yes that is the ammo of a molester sweet, kind, manipulator , My issue is he blames the 12 yr old . "he touched me first" really the answer to that should be A NO what do you think you are doing this completely wrong . Then go to the parent and inform her. Not go along with the child. Which I believe is out and out lie to begin with. Then his concern is he will get kicked of college and cant be a police officer. How about being concerned for the young boys life that you ruined,
Rxtxs323 January 22, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Disgusting. Absolutely disgusting. John hegedus hit it right on the nose. I to hope that
henry eroh March 22, 2013 at 08:45 PM
what are you some kind of a nut- right is right and wrong is wrong and this is wrong- the sob knew what he was doing was wrong and still did it- I say cut his bal-s off and let him bleed out slowly
Alyson D'Alessandro (Editor) April 01, 2013 at 09:03 PM
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