Man who police say poses as pediatrician sought in child sexual assaults

HOUSTON – Houston police are asking for help finding a man charged with sexually assaulting two children in the same day at a north Houston apartment complex.

Lee Smith III, 29, is charged with sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child.

Police said that on Aug. 1, 2017, Smith raped a 15-year-old girl in his apartment in the 12100 block of Northborough Drive, and then fondled an 8-year-old boy the same day.

Neighbors said they remember Smith from the odd get-up he often wears: hospital scrubs and a lab coat. Police said he’s tried at times to pass himself off as a pediatrician.

“He would just walk around here. We would have to keep our blinds closed. I have kids, I got five of them, and he would peek in our apartment and I had to keep my blinds closed all the time every time he was at home,” Stephanie Johnson said.

Smith moved out and neighbors said they haven’t seen him around the apartments in a couple of months, but one woman told us she spotted him at nearby Greenspoint Mall a couple of weeks ago, again dressed in scrubs.

The fact he’s still on the streets worries grandmother Gwendolyn Henry.

"Anything could happen you know, and this guy is supposed to be a big guy, too. He can come and overpower anybody, you know, under his size," Henry said.

Police said Smith is tall, standing 6 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing 210 pounds. Police said the top of his head is deformed in a way that might give the illusion that he’s wearing his hair in braids.

The Houston Police Department's Special Victims Unit is asking anyone who has seen him or knows where he is to call Houston Crime Stoppers.