- Associated Press - Saturday, June 14, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An Omaha man who spent less than three years in prison for participating in the gang-rape of teenager in 2000 now faces life in prison for allegedly sexually assaulting two young girls within months of leaving prison in 2004.

Kelvin Smith, 35, was convicted this week by a Sarpy County jury of 11 sex-related crimes against the young girls, including first-degree sexual assault of a child and third-degree sexual assault of a child, The Omaha World-Herald reported (https://bit.ly/SISMR8 ).

He faces up to life in prison when he’s sentenced on Aug. 11.

The girls were 9 and 10 years old when Smith began abusing them in 2004, months after he had been released from prison, prosecutors said.

Smith was charged with first-degree sexual assault and false imprisonment in a 2000 attack on a 19-year-old woman. Prosecutors say several men dragged her into an abandoned north Omaha house and took turns raping her. She managed to escape after stabbing Smith with a knife.

As part of a plea deal, Smith pleaded no contest to attempted sexual assault in that case.

The victim in that case told the World-Herald on Friday that she had been angry over Smith’s sentence in her case, which she felt was too lenient. But she said she’s happy he faces decades in prison for his latest convictions.

The Associated Press generally does not name victims of sexual assault.

“I was really happy,” she said, “but I was sorry it had to happen again.”

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com

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