Daniel Smith, the Cinnaminson man who was charged with sexual assault after meeting with a 14-year-old boy at Wood Park, admitted today in Superior Court he performed the act after finding the victim online, local reports said.
According to Phillyburbs.com, the plea came the same day Smith, 40, was to go on trial. He pleaded guilty to sexual assault and is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 20.
Smith's negotiated plea calls for a seven-year sentence in state prison, according to the Phillyburbs article. The attempted sexual assault and child endangerment charges would be dismissed. He'll be required to register as a sex offender.
The Lenola Road resident was arrested in January 2011 after Cinnaminson Police said he allegedly sexually assaulted a 14-year-old boy at Wood Park on Dec. 1, 2010. Police said Smith and the juvenile agreed to meet a second time—Jan. 7, 2011—but instead, local police and the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office took him into custody.
In January 2011, Smith was one of 12 people who pleaded guilty after a federal jury in Philadelphia convicted Richard K. Creamer of conspiracy to manufacture 1,000 or more marijuana plants and maintaining a place for manufacture of controlled substances.
According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Smith worked at the city warehouse where, monthly, up to 20 pounds of high-grade marijuana sold for about $5,000 per pound.
Smith served time for those drug charges. He is currently out on bail from the sexual assault charges.
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