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Fired Ohio St assistant Smith pleads guilty to lesser charge

By The News · 24 of October 2018 19:49:35
FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2017 photo, Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith watches before the start of an NCAA college football game against Army in Columbus, Ohio. Fired Ohio State assistant football coach Zach Smith has pleaded guilty Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct and an Ohio court issued a three-year protective order that keeps him away from his ex-wife. (Marvin Fong//The Plain Dealer via AP, File), No available, FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2017 photo, Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith watches before the start of an NCAA college football game against Army in Columbus, Ohio. Fired Ohio State assistant football coach Zach Smith has pleaded guilty Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct and an Ohio court issued a three-year protective order that keeps him away from his ex-wife. (Marvin Fong//The Plain Dealer via AP, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fired Ohio State assistant football coach Zach Smith has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct and an Ohio court issued a three-year protective order that keeps him away from his ex-wife.

Smith had been facing a criminal trespass charge stemming from a May dispute. According to Delaware Municipal Court documents, he pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor disorderly conduct and was fined $150.

Smith said in a Twitter post he agreed to plead guilty to avoid the cost of a trial and end the situation.

Smith was fired in July by coach Urban Meyer after domestic violence allegations surfaced against the wide receivers coach. Meyer later was suspended for three games for his handling of it.

Smith was not criminally charged with domestic violence.

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