Former coach convicted of sex abuse of minor due back in court

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A former soccer coach who fled the state during his trial for sex crimes against a minor is due back in court Tuesday.

Justin Smith was due in court last week, but that hearing was postponed due to weather conditions.

He’s already serving a 12-year sentence after his conviction on three counts of sexual battery against a 14-year-old girl.

During a break in the trial in October 2018, Smith cut off his ankle monitor and fled the state.

After weeks on the run, authorities found Smith in Florida.

Smith is facing 41 additional charges related to his time on the run. He pleaded not guilty to all charges during his arraignment in January.

He’s due in court for a hearing on a motion to suppress. Smith will be transported from the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, where he is serving his sentence.

Smith’s hearing in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Smith was a youth soccer coach in Germantown. He was on trial for three counts of sexual battery for an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl when he cut his ankle tracking bracelet and left the area. He was on the run for two months before being arrested in Florida. 

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