Cinnaminson's Daniel Smith Admits to Sexual Assault of 14-Year-Old Boy

Smith could face seven years in state prison for assaulting the teenager.


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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ali dadyan November 28, 2012 at 06:41 AM
I must be the most gullible individual there is . Daniel has a lovely mom and dad great wife and children . They use to come to the restaurant after church every Sunday he was nice to everyone including all the staff generous tipper just an all around good people . I am amazed at all I hear about the man. God be his guide from here on he needs it.
JS November 28, 2012 at 12:52 PM
You are not gullible. Unfortunately, some people are very good at hiding their bad sides. I feel badly, not only for the victim, but for Mr. Smith's family as well. They are also victims of his crimes. He deserves whatever punishment is coming to him.
Voice of Reason November 28, 2012 at 01:21 PM
I knew Dan from his tinting business he once had. It disgust me to know what he did. He will get everything and more a sexual pedophile deserves in prison.
Bridget November 28, 2012 at 01:47 PM
7 years does not seem like enough time. Because you know it will not be that long. Also I am guessing he will have to register as a sex offender ? IF so for how long for his life ? Does that mean he can not be NEAR any schools etc?? Does anyone know?
Anna November 28, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Sex offenders never get a long sentence. In Fl. they usually get around 5 years. Pitiful.
farmers wife November 28, 2012 at 03:55 PM
this is so sad for our town. i feel so sad for the victim and his family. the victim had no idea what he was getting into by going to the park that day. dan should be so ashamed
Bridget November 28, 2012 at 04:05 PM
It IS pitiful he changed the life of the boy FOREVER. His families also.
life time resident November 28, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Am I missing something? the victim had no idea? changed the life of this boy forever? Don't get me wrong...this guy is still a complete scumbag but it's not like he preyed on this kid or lured him. Didn't this guy respond to a post the kid placed in an adult chat room? Other news reports say “In court Tuesday, Smith said he had “replied to a post on an adult website and met up with (the victim), who performed a sex act on him." I am sure there must be proof to support the claim either way, what the heck...maybe he didn't know the kid was underage, who knows. I doubt that he asked for ID. Patch is deliberately making it sound like it was a predatory situation by saying "admitted today in Superior Court he performed the act after finding the victim online”.
Katie Scott November 28, 2012 at 05:29 PM
What happens between now and Feb.20th? Is he currently back at home? Is he a registered sex offender now? Or does that not happen until his sentencing? In response to "life time resident" -he preyed/lured on this kid when he tried to meet him a SECOND time, wouldn't you think?
life time resident November 28, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Like I said, the guy is still a scum, but the assertion that the kid didn't know what he was getting into when he placed an ad on an adult website seeking sex and then agreeing to meet an adult in a dark park, just seems a little farfetched to me. I certainly didn’t get the impression that this kid was not a willing participant, but maybe I am wrong. My post was more meant to point out the slant that the patch writer put on the story, inferring that there was no culpability on the part of the kid.
Bridget November 28, 2012 at 06:24 PM
He was a 14 yr old kid. ...,14. From what the story said when it first broke. The 14 yr old changed his mind and smith forced him. Then the 14 yr old told what happened to him agreed to see him again so police could arrest him. That does not sound like a willing participant to me. Sounds like a confused scared kid who I hope is getting the help he needs.
Kenneth Smith November 28, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Real Facts, The FACTis the real predator is still lurking in our neighorhood as an unknown, waiting to prey upon your family and children and to bring this nightmare to you.He is portrayed in the media as a child but in reality he is in his mid-teens and is sexually active. . FACT, the unknown placed an advertisement on an Adult Web Site soliciting sex. He portrayed himself as an Adult Male FACT, the unknown was not pursued in any way, he set the time and place for this encounter. He was wearing a hoodie sweatshirt and did not remove it during the encounter FACT,the unknown willingly and with-out hesitation ented Mr. Smith's vehicle, he was not forced in any way Fact, a consensual sex act occoured by two consenting adults as admitted by Mr. Smith. The words "he made me do it" was offered as an excuse for the unknowns actions after he was confronted by his Parents. FACT, for a second time the unknown called Mr. Smith to meet him in the park. Where Mr. Smith, who was still under the impression that he was dealing with an Adult, was confronted by the Police. Fact, unknown acknowledged to the Police that he told Mr. Smith he was 19 years old FACT, Mr. Smith did not know he was a minor until informed by Police FACT, UNKNOWN ADMITTED TO ALL OF THIS
Anna November 28, 2012 at 11:12 PM
The perp is still 40 years old, married with children, looking on an adult website looking for random sex...with a young male. That is disgusting. Mr. Smith couldn't tell he was 14?? or didn't care. He is still guilty. And it would still be disgusting if it was a young female. Mr. Smith is married...and obviously didn't give that or his children any thought when he acted.
Bridget November 29, 2012 at 12:50 AM
I did say the 14 yr old needs help but he is 14 not 40 and married with kids huge difference
Don November 29, 2012 at 04:07 AM
That's why it's called "statutory" rape. Makes no difference if the defendant knew how old the "victim" was. At least he was searching for a legal "mate", never trust what someone tells you online!!!!!
Quaker Dad November 29, 2012 at 06:41 PM
FACT, He plead guilty in a court of law. FACT, He has already served time on federal drug charges. FACT, I would like for you to walk into an eighth grade classroom, look around at the 14-year old boys, and then write your "FACTS" on the blackboard.
noyb November 30, 2012 at 01:43 AM
FACT, the dude is a creap, and will be spending some well deserved time in a 10x10 cell with another dude, who will make him feel like the 14 year old boy did....
Cinnaminson Citizen1 December 03, 2012 at 02:19 PM
If this is the Truth Kenneth... MR. D. SMITH SHOULD NOT GO TO JAIL!!!! Period!
Cinnaminson Citizen1 December 03, 2012 at 02:22 PM
He he he... good thing the young boy was White therefore he is "just a young kid" (oh, our poor kids)... if he was a Black- a 14 year old he would have been labeled "an animal". Funny, young boys are "just being boys" when they are White.... and acting like "animals" when they are Black... he he he
Bridget December 03, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Cinnaminson Citizen 1 I have no idea what "color" the boy is. So do not puts words in our mouths. I also do not care what color he is . I care that he is a 14 yr old who needs help.
Katie Scott December 04, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Okay....but meanwhile....where is Daniel Smith? Is he in jail? Is it finalized that he is actually listed as a sex offender?
Bridget December 04, 2012 at 04:31 AM
I would like to know the answers to this also
Christina Paciolla (Editor) December 04, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Again, as the story states, Mr. Smith is out on bail. We do not have information as to the sex offender registration.
noyb December 04, 2012 at 04:53 PM
he is free on bail until he is sentanced. He does not register as a sex offender until he is sentenanced in Febuary
Cinnaminson Citizen 2 December 04, 2012 at 05:23 PM
wow CC1, what the heck are you talking about!!!! I don't think the story even mentions color/race. For you too put that out there clearly shows your racism. Get a life!
Catherine Hannan December 05, 2012 at 02:31 PM
He lives across the street from a park, next door to a state run home for teenagers, and less than 1/2 mile from two schools!
concerned town person January 04, 2013 at 05:24 PM
I just saw him walking the town just before Christmas as if he had done nothing wrong. He has not registered yet because of our system. He has had a very crazy wild life for some time but preying on the kids was one of his "new" things.
concerned town person January 04, 2013 at 06:22 PM
Mr. Smith, I realize that you are Dan's father and that you are so saddened by your son's action but you must understand that we are living in a time where you have no excuse for going near a child at anytime. To many children have experienced ugly things by strangers and a grown man who is friends of the family KNOWS to keep away from someone else's child.
concerned town person January 04, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Please understand that this town is upset that your son did this to a child. Any man who has children KNOWS what a child looks like when they see them. This boy was on the adult section of Craigslist. I could think this maybe something that a young boy would do just like when we were kids and looked at our dad's "girlie pictures" (they were dressed in swimsuits) that were hidden. Like a child he did not think of what would really happen to him with an adult , a man, your son who spent years body building and wrestling through high school and college. This Child portrayed himself as an adult just like kids do when they try to buy alcohol. Many Mid-teens have not even started their cycle if they are females.So please advise us of the other adult that consented to this ugly act. Is a young girl responsible for a man's sexual force because she was wearing makeup and he could not tell her age? He made me do it sounds like the child had made up his mind to do whatever it took to survive this horrible ordeal. Many woman don't scream when they are raped because they believe that the man will kill them. Dan allowed a young boy or even if we call him a young man into his truck to do a very dirty sexual act. Destroying both the child and his own wife and kids life. How many times have you read about kids claiming to be 21 years of age trying to get alcohol. People who are really concern about illegal activities ask for proof.
lizabeth March 22, 2013 at 02:58 PM
mr smith is correct. i think people are carried away. he was never preying on children of the town. i think its all a little harsh


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