Virginia fugitive arrested in Oregon

The Associated Press, Sep. 4, 2002

CANYONVILLE, Ore. (AP) — A self-described Satanist featured on “America’s Most Wanted” and sought on child sex charges in Virginia was arrested Wednesday by federal marshals.

Russell John Smith, 37, was arrested near Canyonville about a half mile from where his abandoned van was found Tuesday, said Eric Wahlstrom of the U.S. Marshal’s Service in Portland.

Smith had a campsite in the woods and was coming to the van for more supplies when he was arrested without incident, Wahlstrom said.

Smith is wanted in Virginia for allegedly involving a 12-year-old girl in satanic rituals that included having sex.

His 12-year-old daughter, Tara Jenine Sweiger-Smith, was with Smith when he was arrested. It has not been revealed if Smith’s daughter is the same 12-year-old girl mentioned in police reports.

Smith quit his job at the Prince William County Jail in Virginia on Aug. 14 and he and his daughter were reported missing by his girlfriend three days later. In his basement, police found a satanic ritual room with black candles, robes, satanic symbols and a goat’s head, according to the “America’s Most Wanted” Web site.


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