In a document filed last Tuesday defense attorney Ernie Witt entered a plea of not guilty and waived arraignment on behalf of former Booneville teacher/football coach Mark Aaron Smith.
Smith, 39, was to be arranged on Oct. 6 on 11 counts of video voyeurism for allegedly leaving a video recording cell phone in a girls bathroom in the fieldhouse on the school district campus and filming 11 girls ranging in age from 13 to 17 changing clothes.
After the phone was discovered, according to an arrest warrant affidavit, Smith confirmed the phone was his and gave school officials the pass-code but told them he had no knowledge of how the phone came to be in the girls bathroom.
School officials disagreed and turned the phone over to police investigators who believe they identified Smith as the person placing the phone in the soap dispenser. Smith is also believed to have downloaded a video of the same bathroom to his school computer.
Girls in grades 7-12 have been offered counseling by the school district.
Smith has been free on a $30,000 bond since being served an arrest warrant on Sept. 8.
Smith was placed on administrative leave on Aug. 30 after the discovery of the phone and he tendered his resignation from his position in a single sentence letter on Sept. 1. The resignation letter set an effective date of Sept. 22.
According to the Booneville School District website, Smith was due to be paid $50,363.91 for the 2017-2018 school year.
The Booneville School Board last Tuesday agreed to hire James Reese. Reese, who had retired from the district, for the remainder of the school year. Reese will teach five periods of social studies each day superintendent John Parrish said last week.