Prosecutors: Second victim steps forward in 76-year-old man sexual assault case

Prosecutors believe more victims could follow
Posted at 11:50 PM, Sep 01, 2016
Jerome Floyd, a 76-year-old man convicted of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy, may have other victims, according to Baltimore prosecutors.
Two people have reached out to the Baltimore City State's Attorney's office Thursday saying they are victims as well. When one of them reached out to prosecutors, they also reached out to ABC2, hoping more victims would come forward.
Hours before that woman went to police, she spoke with us from North Carolina, where she now lives.
"I didn't do anything wrong. I was just being a kid," said a woman we're identifying as "Payne Smith." Now 28, she said she survived years of sexual assault at the hands of Floyd. 
"I have to take medicine. I have breakdowns. I have to do a lot," she said.

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Smith said the contact started when she was just seven, and that Floyd, whom she said is is a relative, showered her with gifts and games, and that one day, it eventually led to repeated sexual assaults that did not end until she was 15.
"He ruined my life. I'm not able to digest. I had to seek therapy. I just couldn't sort out what I was feeling, and I still can't," she said.
As horrible as the story that Smith told us was, she says the circumstances are all too familiar.
Wednesday, ABC2 told you the story of an 11-year-old boy whom prosecutors said Floyd sexually assaulted in 2014. Prosecutors said he met that young boy at a bus stop before buying him food and candy while letting him play a video game before sexually assaulting him.
Smith said Floyd let her play the same game when she was a child.
"The parents worst nightmare, here, and the child's worst nightmare came true," said assistant state's attorney Seth Giller, who prosecuted the case.
The state's attorney's office won a conviction against Floyd for the 2014 incident. He faces a maximum of 45 years behind bars at sentencing in Nov.
"We were able to secure a conviction against this man who will never see the light of day again," said Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, speaking Wednesday.
And if there are other victims, Smith wants them to know her message.
You're not alone. Don't sit and wait like I did. It's going to eat you up like it's eating me up and ruining my life," she said.
Smith now lives in North Carolina and said she moved there mostly to get away from Floyd.
If you believe you or someone else are a victim in this case or any other, you're urged to call prosecutors right away.


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