Prosecutors drop charges against ex-UM employee

By The Associated Press

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped charges against a former University of Mississippi employee accused of molesting a 2-year-old.

Court records show Lee Eric Smith of Oxford was arrested in October 2008 on charges of sexual battery and touching a child for lustful purposes.

After almost three years, prosecutors dismissed the charges against Smith.

However, they filed a new charge for aggravated assault against a female victim to which Smith pleaded guilty to during the January court term. Court documents did not show how old the victim was.

Smith was sentenced to two years on probation.

Smith was employed as a communication specialist at Ole Miss at the time of his arrest, but he left the position about a year ago.