Trial date set for former statehouse candidate accused of extortion

A former Greene County candidate for State Representative, now charged with felony extortion and misdemeanor coercion, will face a jury trial beginning Feb. 4.

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Jocelyn Smith, Fairborn, is accused of extorting her Republican primary opponent, Rep. Rick Perales, Beavercreek, by saying at a press conference that if he did not drop out of the race she would release more information about the extramarital relationship they had in 2015.

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Smith was not in the courtroom during a pretrial today. Her attorney, Dustin Blake, met for about an hour with visiting Judge Timothy Hogan of Hamilton County and Special Prosecutor Stephen Pronai of Madison County.

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Smith’s trial was initially set for late October, but was delayed when she replaced her original attorney with a new one.

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