Former FSU hockey player has trial date for alleged sexual assault

Darren Smith

BIG RAPIDS — The former Ferris State University student and hockey player who was charged last year with three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct has a trial set for April 9 before 49th Circuit Court Judge Scott Hill-Kennedy.

Darren William Smith, 23, is expected to face a four-day jury trial. His hearing was originally scheduled for Feb. 12, but was pushed back to the spring to allow more time for discovery.

According to previously published reports, the charges stem from a situation in the early morning hours of July 8, 2018, in which Smith allegedly assaulted an incapacitated female. Her identity, as well as the circumstances of her incapacity, has not been made public.

Mecosta County Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Amy Clapp declined to elaborate on the specifics of the case when reached Friday. Smith’s attorney, Gary Springstead, could not be reached for comment.

Smith is free on bond but is restricted by a GPS tether. For two weeks this past October, he was lodged at Mecosta County Jail after allegedly violating the terms of his bond by coming within too close a distance of the accuser.

Smith, a native of Barrie, Ontario, Canada, is no longer on the FSU hockey team and is not enrolled at the university, school officials said.


Posted by Tim Rath

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