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Zach Smith: Latest facts on Ohio State assistant’s criminal trespass case

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Zach Smith is entering his seventh season at Ohio State. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Zach Smith: Latest facts on Ohio State assistant’s criminal trespass case

COLUMBUS — Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith was in court facing charges of criminal trespass on Wednesday.

There is, of course, never a good time for anybody affiliated with the Buckeyes to be dealing with the police, particularly a member of Urban Meyer’s staff. The case has still not been resolved, but here are the facts as Lettermen Row understands them at this point.

This story will be updated as new information becomes available. Ohio State is aware of the incident and released a statement on Monday morning.

“We are not going to comment at this time on the situation regarding Zach Smith,” a school spokesman said. “This is a personnel matter, and we don’t typically discuss such matters publicly. We are continuing to monitor.”

Meyer is scheduled to meet with with the media on Tuesday at Big Ten media days in Chicago.

Zach Smith cited for criminal trespass

According to court documents, Powell police responded to a call on May 12 at the residence of Smith’s ex-wife, Courtney. Smith’s lawyer, Brad Koffel, publicly acknowledged that Smith pulled into the driveway to drop off his son under their shared custody plan.

“Both parents have rights under these types of parenting agreements,” Koffel said on Columbus radio station 610 WTVN. “ … Zach was returning his son to his ex-wife, which had been previously agreed upon but the exact location of the drop off hadn’t been discussed.

“They were texting each other as to where to meet. She told him to meet at the apartment complex clubhouse. He drove there, she wasn’t there and he dropped the son off at her apartment. She was waiting for him with her cellphone out and took a picture of him in the driveway. He left, and then she called the Powell police and said it was trespassing.”

What is criminal trespassing?

According to Ohio laws, the charge Smith is facing would be a fourth-degree misdemeanor. The maximum penalty is 30 days in jail and a fine of no more than $250.

Smith entered a not guilty plea at his arraignment on June 5. According to his lawyer, Smith was never arrested and picked up the citation himself after being alerted to its existence through the mail.

According to the police report initially obtained by Cleveland.com, there was no forced entry, no injury to the victim and Smith was not suspected of using alcohol or drugs.

What to know about Zach Smith

Entering his seventh season with the Buckeyes, Smith is the lone holdover from Meyer’s first staff after taking over in 2012. Smith is the grandson of former Ohio State coach Earle Bruce and a graduate of nearby Dublin Coffman High School.

His position unit has gone through ups and downs throughout his tenure, but Smith has recently drawn praise for the strong relationships he’s built with his players and the winning culture he’s established for the wide receivers. With that entire corps of wideouts returning this season, the Buckeyes are expecting that group to be one of the strengths of the team as it tries to expand its passing attack.

Zach Smith has civil protection order filed against him

According to a report from college football writer Brett McMurphy, Smith had a domestic violence civil protection order filed against him by his ex-wife. Citing a Delaware police spokesperson, Zach Smith was served on Friday evening and the notice prevents him from coming within 500 feet of Courtney Smith. It will be reviewed at a court hearing scheduled for Aug. 3.

Smith had faced a previous allegation of aggravated battery when he was on staff at Florida, but that charges were eventually dropped. The two have been divorced since Sept. 2015.

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Brian Pratt
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This is very sad. Sorry for the Coach, and so sorry for the boy especially. And even her. Its really terrible on everyone – but especialy hard for kids – in these situations when one spouse is so abgry or vindicative or unforgiving. For whatever reason there is, this is not at all good, but damaging to children. They have enough greif but to deal with this. Hope the best for Coach. And for them all honestly. I do not know the whole story here, but if these are facts as the writer says they are i certainly hope she… Read more »

Mark Helmanfollar
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Mark Helmanfollar

Been through a nasty divorce, this is bullshit.

Jim
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Jim

Set up! Malicious ex.

vicvod
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vicvod

When I was a teenager, my dad gave me the 3 rules to live by, #1-Never get married, #2-Wear a rubber and #3-Drink the local beer. It’s never to late to try these rules coach Smith. It sucks that this is in the news anyway. O-H!
It’s been 2426 days since TTUN has beaten the Bucks.

Mike J
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Mike J

Obviously, theres 2 sides to every story, especially in what appears to have been a bitter divorce. But if this happened the way Smith’s attorney said it did, it’s a bit over the top on the part of his ex. Hopefully their relationship will improve in the future for their son’s sake.

Brunstar
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Brunstar

I’m glad to see a least one Buckeye website had journalistic integrity and didn’t use the word “arrested” in the title. Too many websites sacrifice integrity nowadays for clickbait headlines.

Winn Shoal
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Winn Shoal

Looked online at the Delaware Municipal Court docket for Zach’s case. A “PRECIPE FOR SUMMONS BY CERTIFIED MAIL FILED BY PROSECUTOR+ was filed on May 22, 2018.

So, there was NO arrest warrant authorized in this case. Zach could not have been arrested.

Anyone can go online and find this (or call the clerk to verify). Can’t believe someone at 11W didn’t do it before writing that ugly headline. I like 11W very much. But that was a poor journalistic effort. Sadly, it was picked up all across the country.

Eric
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Eric

Sounds like a set-up, boys….

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