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South Florida man ties up girlfriend, posts beating to Snapchat, police say

Girl, 17, says Smith Dorcent beat her with belt after argument about phone

Smith Dorcent is accused of tying up and beating his 17-year-old girlfriend and then posting the video on Snapchat.
Smith Dorcent is accused of tying up and beating his 17-year-old girlfriend and then posting the video on Snapchat.

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – A South Florida man was arrested Wednesday after he recorded himself beating his tied-up girlfriend and posting the video on Snapchat, police said.

Smith Dorcent, 18, faces charges of child abuse and false imprisonment.

Boynton Beach police said a Snapchat video showed Dorcent hitting the 17-year-old girl, who had her hands tied together behind her back.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the girl told police that she and Dorcent were arguing at his home because he was mad that she wouldn't unlock her phone for him. She said Dorcent held her down on the bed and used her hair tie to bind her hands together. She said he then used a belt to hit her on the buttocks and legs for several minutes.

The girl asked Dorcent to stop, but he kept laughing and posted the incident on her Snapchat account, the affidavit said.

Dorcent untied her and let her leave after the girl's friend saw the video and went to his house, the affidavit said.

The girl said that she didn't call the police because she is afraid of him, the affidavit said.

Police said Dorcent refused to cooperate with them or the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Dorcent was being held at the main Palm Beach County jail on $50,000 bond.


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