A Hannibal man was bound over to the 10th Judicial Circuit Court for arraignment during his preliminary hearing Monday, Nov. 27.

A Hannibal man was bound over to the 10th Judicial Circuit Court for arraignment during his preliminary hearing Monday, Nov. 27.

Eugene C. Smith, of Hannibal, appeared before Judge John Jackson in Marion County Associate Court. Public defender Jennifer Richardson represents the defense. Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton represents the state. After Jackson heard evidence in the preliminary hearing phase, the Court found probable cause to bind Smith over to 10th Circuit Court, scheduling an arraignment hearing before Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4.

According to a Marion County Sheriff’s Department probable cause statement, Smith faces a felony first-degree statutory sodomy charge following an incident on or about Sept. 17. Because Smith was previously convicted of rape in a prior Shelby County case, he would be sentenced to life imprisonment with no possibility of parole if convicted of the charges.

According to the statement, Smith allegedly molested a minor under the age of 14, who reported the incident to his mother. She then confronted the defendant, who denied the allegations. During a subsequent interview at The Child Center Monday, Sept. 18, the child described in detail how Smith molested him.

Smith remains incarcerated in the Marion County Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond.