MIAMI COUNTY — On Monday, former educator and Milton-Union High School principal Allen E. Smith, 69, of West Milton, was senctenced to serve up to two years in prison on seven felony counts, including two counts of second- and fifth-degree felony illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material in Miami County Common Pleas Court.
On Nov. 30, Smith entered a plea of no contest to the charges, which also includes five counts of fourth-degree felony pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor. The court found him guilty on all seven counts.
Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Gee sentenced Smith to serve two years in prison on count one, second degree felony charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material; count two, nine months for fifth degree illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material; and 12 months for each count three through seven for fourth-degree felony pandering sexually oriented material.
Judge Gee ordered the sentences to run concurrent.
Judge Gee said Smith showed appropriate remorse for his conduct, had no prior record, but not the seversity of the crimes in sentencing him to prison.
Judge Gee noted Smith had received counseling for addiction related to pornography beginning in June 2013, but was dismissed due to his lack of attendance around November 2014. Judge Gee also noted at the time of Smith’s arrest, he attempted to meet a 14-year-old girl at a local park. Smith had sent the girl messages asking her if she would have sexual relations with older men and that “her secrets were safe with him.” At the time of his arrest, Smith had condoms and several other sexually related items with him when he attempted to meet the teen at a Troy park. Smith communicated with the teen, as well as dozens of others, through the app “KiK.”
Judge Gee noted some of the chats were with girls as young as 11 or 12 years of age.
Miami County Prosecutor Tony Kendell said Smith preyed on the “community’s most valuable asset — children” and that the state recommended a prison sentence.
Smith’s attorney, Jose Lopez, said Smith has “far, far more in the good column, than in the bad column.”
“This is an individual who knows he did wrong … it has shaken him to his core,” Lopez said prior to sentencing. “It has given him an opportunity to reconnect with his faith, himself and his family.”
On his own behalf, Smith said he took full responsibility for his conduct, stating “it was out of my normal character for reasons I don’t understand.
“I got completely carried away with what started out as normal chatting, which became sexual over time,” Smith said. “I was wrong to even start these conversations and I’m very sorry for all it affects. I sincerely apologize to the young lady and her parents and for my inconsiderate, despicable behavior.”
Smith said the events “absolutely ruined my reputation and hurt all parties involved — I’ve let so many people down” before asking the court for mercy to begin recovery.
Smith also received 109 days of jail credit. Smith also must complete five years of mandatory post-release control following his release from prison.
Smith was also classified as a Tier 2 sex offender and must register his address every 180 days for the next 25 years. He was ordered to not reside within 1,000 feet of a school or preschool building.
Smith is a former educator, most recently as a curriculum supervisor with the Miami County Education Service Center where he worked with county administrators. Smith served as principal of Milton-Union High School from 1992-2001. He also was employed by the Covington Exempted Village District in the 1980s.
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