Sex crime sentencing
From WLAF -
Everette Lee Smith has pleaded guilty to 63 exploitation charges. Last year, a Campbell County Grand Jury indicted Smith on 64 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
In criminal court Monday August 12, 2019, Smith pleaded guilty to 63 of the 64 charges. One count was dismissed, according to court documents.
Smith was sentenced to four years in jail to be served at 30 percent, according to the plea agreement. He was also fined $2,000.
The then 26- year-old was arrested in April 2018 when the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department received information he allegedly possessed child pornography. CCSD Cpl. Joshua Jeffers went to the home where Smith, who was homeless at the time, was staying to investigate the allegations.
Jeffers told Smith he had been informed about possible child pornography on his cellphone, according to the arrest report. Smith allegedly denied having any pornography on his phone and allowed police to view the phone.
When Smith opened the photo gallery on the phone there was one picture, which prompted Jeffers to ask for the phone. Jeffers then opened the trash file on the phone and allegedly observed nude photos of several different small young children approximately six to 10 years of age.
“Wait I have pictures of my girlfriend on there,” Smith allegedly said while trying to take the phone from Jeffers. Smith had approximately 55 photos and videos of sexual activity with small children, the report said.
Smith was to report to jail following his plea.
Many in the community are outraged at what they feel is a light sentence.