“He coached her to lie. He coached her to hide things from her family and coached her to stay silent about his abuses and manipulations,” Blaine said. “That kind of coaching is criminal and today the Court is shedding lights on the darkness of his deeds.”
Blaine revoked Smith’s $50,000 bond and ordered no bond when he is apprehended. Sentencing will be scheduled after Smith is located because it can’t go forward without the defendant’s presence.
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Montgomery County assistant prosecutors said Smith faces up to 15 years or more for his convictions and now could face a felony escape charge for disabling his monitoring device.
The victim’s family declined comment, but Smith’s attorneys urged their client to report to authorities.
“We’re concerned for his safety,” defense attorney Michael Booher said. “We’re concerned he didn’t do anything rash or do anything to hurt himself. Certainly, I’d like to see him come back and finish this case up.”
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Booher and co-counsel Adam Arnold said they plan to appeal the decision after Smith is sentenced.
“The court finds the testimony of the victim to be highly credible,” Blaine said during Friday’s hearing. “The court does not find the testimony of Mr. Smith to be credible.”
Assistant prosecutor Dylan Smearcheck said Smith’s testimony — after which he left the courthouse — rang hollow.
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“We’re very pleased with today’s verdict,” Smearcheck said. “We feel like it appropriately reflects all the facts. The evidence was overwhelming in this case.”
Her advice for Smith was: “Turn yourself in. No good can come from waiting.”
Pretrial services officials said the electronic monitoring system is necessary to reduce the jail population and maintain community safety.
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Some of the victim’s family members teared up and hugged after Blaine read his verdicts.
“Mr. Smith took advantage of the innocence of a child. He broke the trust of her parents, who were supposedly his friends. And he abused the authority of the position that he had been given,” Blaine said.
“And instead of using his role to strengthen the confidence and character of tomorrow’s young women, Mr. Smith indeed isolated and abused her — one of the very girls he was supposed to protect.”
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