Plea reached in case of former Germantown soccer coach who fled during trial

Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 @ 2:08 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 @ 3:16 PM

Former soccer coach reaches plea in latest charges

A former Germantown soccer coach who fled the area in the middle of a trial for child sex crimes pleaded guilty to 20 charges, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

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Justin K. Smith pleaded guilty to the following charges:

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  • 10 counts disseminating matter harmful to juveniles
  • Five counts pandering obscenity involving a minor
  • Two counts illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material
  • One count pandering obscenity involving a minor
  • One count failure to appear
  • One count theft 

Smith was scheduled to go on trial May 13 for over 40 charges including child porn, obstructing official business, failure to appear and more.

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His sentencing is scheduled for May 16.

On Oct. 31, Smith was in the middle of a trial for sexual conduct with minor when he fled during a break. 

He was on the run for 45 days before he was found in Okaloosa County, Florida, on Dec. 14.

Smith was captured after a woman he met through an online dating site researched him and found out he had been convicted of sex crimes. 

On Jan. 4, he was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

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When Smith was initially arrested last May