COLUMBIA CITY — A 19-year-old Columbia City man is facing two Level 1 felonies and one Level 3 felony after allegedly violently raping a 14-year-old.

James T. Smith was charged last week in an incident that allegedly occurred Nov. 8 in Columbia City.


According to a police report, Smith held a razor blade to the victim’s throat, forcing her to have sexual intercourse with him.

He is facing charges of rape and sexual misconduct with a minor, both Level 1 felonies, and criminal confinement, a Level 3 felony.

Police first became involved in the incident after they were dispatched to a fight in the alley in the 300 block of North Line Street. During the investigation of the fight, officers encountered the victim, who said she was raped in a nearby home. She also told police that he took away her cell phone and shoes, in 35-degree weather, in an attempt to keep her at his home, court documents state. Smith had an initial hearing Monday, where he was appointed Anthony Churchward as his public defender. His next hearing is Dec. 18 for a pretrial conference.