Police: Convicted rapist wanted for parole violation arrested at Springfield hospital


A man convicted of child rape and wanted on a warrant from Connecticut was arrested at a hospital in Springfield Thursday night. 

Springfield Police said members of the department’s metro unit were able to track down and arrest 44-year-old Ronny Smoot at Mercy Hospital.  

Smoot was arrested on a violation of parole warrant from Connecticut for child rape. 

Police told 22News Smoot is a sex offender from South Carolina on similar charges. 

His most recent address is said to be in the Taylor Street neighborhood of Springfield. 

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