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Man Charged for Sexually Assaulting Young Boy in Traverse City Makes Court Appearance, Young Victim Testifies

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An 8-year old Traverse City boy took the stand today to testify against the man police say sexually assaulted him.

Brandon Smith is charged with several sex crimes and aggravated indecent exposure. On the stand, the victim said back in October, Smith followed him home from a skate park into the lobby of the apartment complex where he lives. He says that's when Smith started inappropriately touching him, and he felt scared. The Prosecutor tells us preparing young victims to take the stand isn't easy, but it's necessary to ensure Smith is held accountable.

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