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Man guilty of molesting boys faces prison

PRESCOTT – A lawyer representing a 36-year-old convicted child molester told a judge Monday that his client has no witnesses to testify in his favor during a pre-sentence hearing.

Dave Stoller told the judge that his client, David Yoshito Smith, doesn't wish to testify on his behalf either and that the defense has submitted only letters that will serve as mitigating evidence in this case.

Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Janis Sterling set the sentencing for 8:15 a.m. on Nov. 17.

Smith faces as long as 59 years in prison after pleading guilty to four felony charges including one count of sexual conduct with a minor, a Class 2 felony, two counts of attempted sexual conduct with a minor, Class 3 felonies, and one count of public sexual indecency to a minor, a Class 5 felony.

A grand jury indicted Smith in February on six counts of sexual conduct with a minor and five counts of public sexual indecency to a minor.

Smith molested at least two boys at the United Christian Camp during the past two summers while he worked as a counselor there.

Prescott Police Det. Anna Cahall said previously that Smith's arrest came after a 15-year-old victim came forward to report some inappropriate activity during the 2001 and 2002 summer camps. At the time of those incidents, Smith led the Christian Skateboard Club.

During his three-year employment, he befriended many boys ages 12 to 14 and he would have them spend the night at his house, according to a court file. In January, he reportedly admitted to committing the sexual acts, but begged one of the victims not to tell anyone because he didn't want to go to prison, according to the court records.

He also may have to pay $150,000 in fines plus 77 percent in surcharges.

Contact the reporter at mburicadam@prescottaz.com

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