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Laurel Co. man facing child sex charges makes court appearance

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

They are allegations many consider shocking and disturbing. Monday we told you about a number of child sex abuse charges 26 year old Jonathan Smith is facing - a man who has ties to multiple fire departments in Laurel County.

Smith faced a judge Tuesday morning in a hearing and for the first time police testified about the details of his alleged sexual crimes.

The preliminary hearing lasted about twenty minutes. Kentucky State Police Trooper Jason Vanhook took the stand and testified about a pattern of abuse.

"It was hard to determine when, but she did say it happened in the hot months and the cold months," said Vanhook.

Police believe the sexual acts started as improper touching but then escalated to much more.

A social worker got involved at that point, and the child had to be taken to a London hospital and examined. The ER doctor found evidence of sexual abuse.

"It happened several times," said Vanhook.

"I don't know. It's just hard to explain. It feels like I didn't do my job," said the victim's mother.

We are concealing the identity of the victim's mother. She admits she has been estranged from her child for some time but now does not know how to feel.

"It's just hard to believe," she said.

Smith will remain in jail on $250,000 bond as that case will be sent to the grand jury.

Some of Smith's family members were at that hearing. We asked if they would like to comment and they walked away.

The judge set another court date for December 16 - if the grand jury returns an indictment.

As a reminder, it is the policy of WYMT not to reveal the identity of alleged victims of sexual assault.


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