Zach Smith Pleads Guilty to Lesser Charge

posted by Scott Jennings - 

DELAWARE, Ohio (WTVN)--The case involving former Ohio State Football Assistant Coach Zach Smith has been settled, with Smith pleading guilty to a lesser charge.

Smith was originally charged with criminal trespass for an incident in May, where he went to the apartment of his ex-wife, Courtney Smith, who called Powell Police.

Attorney Brad Koffel says Smith pled guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct, in exchange for the other charges dropped. Zach and Courtney also agreed to a three-year mutual protection order. Koffel says that still allows both of them to be parents to their children.

The incident ultimately led to Smith's firing from Ohio State, and a three-game suspension for Head Coach Urban Meyer. That stemmed from Meyer's statement at Big Ten Media Days in July, where Meyer described the incident as "nothing".

A report from reporter Brett McMurphy later detailed alleged wounds from Courtney Smith at the hands of Zach, and said that Courtney contacted Urban's wife, Shelley, about it.

The university convened a special counsel to investigate the matter, who determined that Meyer did not mean to mislead the media at Big Ten Media Days about the incident.

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