DELAWARE, Ohio (WCMH) — A former assistant coach for the Ohio State Buckeyes will spend at least 19 days in jail for violating a protection order.
According to court records, Zach Smith was found guilty of a protection order violation. Friday, Smith was sentenced to 180 days in jail. A judge suspended 160 of those days and credited him for one day of time served.
Smith will be on probation for 3 years. If probation is violated, he could be ordered to serve the length of the suspended sentence.
According to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Smith was charged after an incident at his children’s school in May of 2019. The sheriff’s office received calls that Smith was being confrontational with staff members at Scioto Ridge Elementary School who weren’t letting Smith pick up his children.
Deputies confirmed that Smith was violating a civil protection order, and they arrested him and charged him for that violation.
Smith was fired from OSU after his ex-wife Courtney filed for a protection order. Then-head coach Urban Meyer was suspended for his handling of the domestic violence allegations against Smith.
Courtney Smith’s attorney, John H. Cousins IV, issued the following statement late Friday:
“Courtney Smith obtained an order designed to protect her. When her ex-husband, Zach Smith, violated that order, the Delaware County Municipal Court took his violation seriously. The jury’s verdict and today’s sentencing not only vindicate Courtney Smith; they allow her to focus on the only thing that matters: the safety and well-being of her children. Courtney has no additional comment at this time.”
At the time of the incident, Smith’s attorney sent NBC4 the following statement:
“Same old same old. Absolutely malicious move by his ex-wife to have Zach arrested at their kids’ school when he was there to pick them up. She’s in contempt of court for not giving him the kids to him last night which she was supposed to. Just very sad for the children. 100% avoidable by both of them.”
In May, Courtney Smith’s attorney released the following statement in regards to the incident:
On Thursday, May 9, 2019, Zach Smith was arrested after he violated a Domestic Violence Civil Protection Order by following Courtney into their children’s school. This was not Mr. Smith’s court-ordered parenting time, and the school is not the exchange location. School personnel attempted to protect Courtney by placing her in a room away from Mr. Smith. After entering the elementary school, Mr. Smith was involved in an altercation with school personnel whom initially contacted the police.
Contrary to statements made by Mr. Smith’s attorney as has been reported, Mr. Smith agreed to a 3-year Consent Agreement Domestic Violence Civil Protection Order to stay away from his exwife. This Order is to protect Courtney Smith, and she did not agree to any “mutual” stay-away order. No court has found Courtney in contempt of any court order. Due to recent events, Courtney remains in fear for her safety and the safety and well-being of the parties’ children, who are Courtney’s primary concern. It is unfortunate that Mr. Smith chose to violate court orders rather than put the parties’ children first.