MTV Star Connor Smith Finally Arrested After Year-Long Manhunt

'Are You The One' Connor Smith - YouTube, MTV Reality

Former MTV star Connor Smith was arrested this week in Florida after a year-long manhunt. Connor, who appeared on Are You The One? in 2015, was caught interacting with an undercover cop posing as a minor and went on the run. Continue reading for the details of his arrest.

Connor Smith Ran From The Police Last Year

Connor Smith appeared on Season 3 of Are You The One? The ninth, and likely final, season of the show aired in July 2020. Since its airing, the show has made the news for several reasons, but none stand out like Connor’s.

Police in Illinois issued a warrant for Connor Smith’s arrest in 2023. According to reports, the 33-year-old went on the run after he was caught talking to an undercover officer who was posing as an underage girl. Apparently, the interaction between the officer and Connor went on for “several weeks” before the sting occurred.

Authorities in Illinois say that the former MTV star sent explicit photos and videos of himself to the undercover cop. He was under the impression that he was sending the content to a 15-year-old girl.

Connor Smith - YouTube, MTV Reality
YouTube/MTV Reality

Allegedly, Connor Smith made a plan to meet up with the minor-age girl with the intent to engage in sexual acts. In February 2023, he attempted to carry out this plan. Instead of being greeted by the young girl, he was met with a group of detectives.

However, he was able to hop in his car and flee the scene before an arrest was made.

Connor faced three felony charges in February 2023. The charges included traveling to meet a minor, grooming, and disseminating harmful material. It is not clear if additional charges will be added to his arrest at this time.

The MTV Alum Has Previously Evaded Charges

This isn’t the first time Connor Smith has been in trouble with the law. In 2021, the former MTV star was arrested for allegedly raping and assaulting a 16-year-old girl. These charges occurred in the state of Indiana.

According to reports, he met the teenager on a dating app. Then she snuck out to meet the MTV alum one night, but she said she had “a bad feeling” about Connor when they met face to face.

Connor Smith - YouTube, MTV Reality
YouTube/MTV Reality

She later claimed that Connor forced her to perform oral sex on him in the car on the way to a motel. Allegedly, he was “slapping and choking her multiple times, urinating on her in the motel room, and forcing oral sex again.”

When Connor Smith drove the young girl back home, her family was waiting for her in the front yard. They were looking for her. Later, he was arrested because his vehicle matched descriptions given by eyewitnesses.

The MTV alum never faced those charges in court though. Police were unable to get the victim to continue cooperating and the charges were inevitably dropped in September 2022.

Amanda Blankenship

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