Former teacher sentenced in child abuse case

January 02, 1997


Staff Writer, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A former Jefferson County High School teacher was sentenced to prison Tuesday after he violated his probation agreement that was part of his no contest plea in a sexual offense involving a local boy, according to Jefferson County Circuit Court records.

Under Ronald D. Smith's probation agreement, the former teacher was prohibited from being in contact with any boy under 18 years old or leading a youth group where there were boys under 18, according to Circuit Judge David Sanders.

But last July, Smith attended a church-sponsored youth camp at Summit Lake Camp in Emmitsburg, Md., where he worked as a teacher and counselor for 166 young participants, Sanders said.


"The defendant not only did not report this fact to the probation officer, he lied about it when confronted," Sanders said in an order.

Sanders sentenced Smith to a 1 to 10 years in prison, the same jail sentence that was initially suspended for Smith a year ago in favor of a three-year probation, officials said.

Smith must report to the Eastern Regional Jail near Martinsburg at 5 p.m. Monday to begin serving his sentence, officials said.

Smith pleaded no contest to one count of crime against nature after a criminal complaint filed in Jefferson County Magistrate Court alleged that Smith sexually assaulted a Shepherdstown boy on multiple occasions between 1976 and 1978.

The complaint alleged that Smith performed sex acts with the boy, who was 10 to 12 years old at the time, court records said.

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