LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - A former Louisa coach will spend the next five years in prison as part of his sentence for inappropriately touch a girl in March.
Steven M. Smith Jr. was sentenced on Monday to 20 years in prison, with 15 years suspended. Smith was found guilty during an August trial of touching an underage girl inappropriately on March 2. Smith was arrested while at an ABC store with a blood alcohol content of .20, reported the Central Virginian.
The 43-year-old must now remain on supervised probation, register as a sex offender, stay away from schools and not have contact with the victim.
"Justice was served today. Cases like this should serve as a reminder to everyone that there is a steep cost in attempting to steal the innocence of a child," Commonwealth's Attorney Rusty McGuire said. "Smith will pay that cost at a state correctional facility for the next five years."
Smith argued he should avoid prison, saying losing the ability to coach and registering as a sex offender were punishment enough, but a judge disagreed.