Pleads guilty distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child and one count of video voyeurism.
A former teacher and coach with the Booneville School District avoided a jury trial by pleading guilty to distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child and one count of video voyeurism Friday in the Southern District of Logan County.
In exchange for the plea, Mark Aaron Smith, 40, was sentenced to 10 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction, with six of the years suspended. He must also register as a sex offender.
Smith was ordered to pay a $250 DNA collection fee, another $250 sex offender registry fee, $150 court costs and a $1500 fine, in accordance with the plea agreement.
The agreement also stipulates Smith is to have no contact with any of the victims in the case, or their families, as well as no contact with the Booneville School District or attend its sporting events.
The agreement also means the state will not pursue 10 other voyeurism charges. Smith had been charged with 11 counts of the Class D voyeurism after the discovery of a cell phone, which was recording video, inside a soap dispenser in a girls changing room at the fieldhouse on the school campus in August of last year. The girls captured in the video were age 13 to 17.
In April, prosecutors amended the charges in the case to add the Class C charge of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child.
Prosecuting the case for the state was 15th Judicial District Deputy Prosecutor Tyler Barham. Smith was represented by Ernie Witt. Presiding over the case was 15th Judicial District Circuit Judge Jerry Don Ramey.