DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A former soccer coach on trial for sexual offenses involving a minor failed to appear for the closing arguments in his trial after tampering with his ankle monitor.
According to Greg Flannagan, Public Information Officer with the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office, Justin Smith “tampered” with his ankle monitor bracelet during the lunch break and failed to return when closing arguments began.
The last GPS signal officials received from him was in Franklin, Ohio.
A capias has been issued for his arrest, which generally happens when someone fails to appear before the court in a criminal case.
Closing arguments continued without Smith.
The prosecution says they have seen this before but their immediate concern was elsewhere.
“I think everyone’s immediate reaction was concern for the safety of the victim,” said Assistant Prosecutor Dylan Smearcheck. “It was determined fairly quickly that she was safe with her family. I think everyone kept an eye on that pretty closely.”
Smith faces two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and two counts of sexual battery and sexual imposition.
He was a coach with the SWARM Soccer Club in Germantown.