MTV's Connor Smith Arrested 13 Months After Warrant Issued for Allegedly Trying to Meet a Minor for Sex

An arrest affidavit obtained by PEOPLE shows that the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office took the 33-year-old into custody and booked him into a Florida jail

<p>Jamie Carey/MTV; Cook County Sheriff

Jamie Carey/MTV; Cook County Sheriff's Office

An MTV promo photo of Connor Smith and his 2021 mugshot

Connor Smith — a former star of MTV’s Are You the One? — has been arrested in Florida 13 months after authorities issued a nationwide warrant for his arrest for three felonies out of Illinois.

Smith, 33, was wanted on charges involving traveling to meet a minor for a sexual encounter, grooming and disseminating harmful material.

An arrest affidavit obtained by PEOPLE shows that the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office took Smith into custody on Thursday and booked him into Pinellas County Jail in Clearwater, Florida, on the same day.

“He was taken into custody by our agency at 15163 George Boulevard in Unincorporated Clearwater at approximately 12:20 p.m. on March 28,” Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Amanda Sinni confirms to PEOPLE.

<p>Pinellas County Sheriff's Department</p> Connor Smith’s mugshot from March 28, 2024

Pinellas County Sheriff's Department

Connor Smith’s mugshot from March 28, 2024

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The arrest affidavit stated that Smith didn’t have any weapons, he didn't appear under the influence of drugs and there was no indication of mental health issues at the time of his arrest.

The arrest comes more than a year after the alleged Feb. 9, 2023, incident that police said involved Smith making arrangements to meet whom he thought was a 15-year-old girl for sex in Lake County, Illinois.

In a media release dated Feb. 14, 2023, the Lake County Sheriff's Office detailed the events leading up to the incident and the aftermath.

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“For the past several weeks, Connor N. Smith … was communicating with an undercover detective online [who] was posing as a girl under the age of 15,” the release said. “During the conversations, Smith sent ‘the child’ sexually explicit images and videos of himself. Smith then made arrangements to meet the ‘girl’ for a sexual encounter."

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“Smith drove to meet the girl to engage in a sexual encounter with her,” the release continued. “When Smith arrived, detectives moved in to apprehend him. Smith, however, was able to escape and fled in his vehicle.”

The arrest affidavit listed Smith's bond at $1 million after his arrest.

In an unrelated incident, Smith previously was arrested in December 2021 for allegedly sexually assaulting a teenage girl.

Smith, who appeared on season 3 of Are You the One? in 2015, was charged with four felonies after that 2021 arrest, including sexual battery and rape, according to Indiana court records obtained by PEOPLE.

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