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News - January 1, 2014

Former deputy faces felony assault charges

by Dave Boyce

A January court hearing is ahead for former deputy Colin Troy Smith of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. Mr. Smith pleaded not guilty on Dec. 19 to residential burglary and assault and battery that caused "great bodily injury," according to prosecutors.

The charges, both felonies, could land him in state prison if he is convicted. Mr. Smith, 42, is a resident of San Carlos and is out of custody.

He is accused of severely beating an ex-boyfriend of his former girlfriend, breaking his nose and bones around one of his eyes, prosecutors said. The attack took place in August. Mr. Smith, while on duty, searched Redwood City bars for his former girlfriend, prosecutors said. Later when he was off duty, he pushed his way into his ex-girlfriend's home in Redwood City, they said. After his arrest, Mr. Smith bailed out on a $50,000 bond.

Mr. Smith is no longer employed by the Sheriff's Office, Deputy Rebecca Rosenblatt said, adding that since it was a personnel issue, she would not discuss the circumstances of his departure from the department.

Redwood City police re-arrested him in December on suspicion that he violated a court order to avoid contact with the ex-girlfriend.

Mr. Smith was charged with preventing or dissuading his ex-girlfriend from reporting the incident to police, a misdemeanor. He is out of custody, but this time on $100,000 bail, prosecutors said. A preliminary hearing on all charges is set for Jan. 28 at 9 a.m.

Mr. Smith's attorney, Joshua Bentley of San Carlos, has not yet responded to a request for comment.

Comments

Posted by go-mega, a resident of Atherton: other
on Dec 31, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Yet again a total waste of taxpayer money. At this point tell him to grow up, get it together, and look to the future. Just another love sick kook insane thing, but temporary. Going to court at this point just makes another insane error.


Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Dec 31, 2013 at 1:50 pm

"insane error?" Tell that to the guy with the broken bones in his face.


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