Preliminary hearing postponed for Nibley man accused of sexting teenage girl

LOGAN — The preliminary hearing for a 33-year-old Nibley man, Nicholas L. Smith who is suspected of sexting a teenage girl in England and other crimes, has been further postponed while investigators continue to collect evidence.

Smith appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday. He’s been charged with enticing a minor over the internet and sexual exploitation of a minor, both second-degree felonies. He also faces charges of voyeurism, three counts of distribution of pornography, dealing in materials harmful to a minor, and soliciting or distributing child pornography, all third-degree felonies.

Defense attorney Ray Malouf asked the court to postpone scheduling a preliminary hearing, where a judge will determine if Smith will be bound over for trial. He said they are waiting for evidence from prosecutors.

State attorney Jacob Gordon acknowledged that he is waiting for police from Great Britain to send computer files, believed to be between the victim and Smith. The first ones sent could not opened by investigators.

Smith was originally arrested in December after a family member called deputies. They reported finding “disturbing text messages” on his phone.

Deputies believe Smith recorded himself having sex with people multiple times in Nibley and also Logan Canyon. The victims claimed they did not know they were being filmed. Some of the videos may have also involved minors. The crimes are believed to have occurred during the past three years.

One of the people Smith allegedly sexted with was an underage girl, who lives in England. They reportedly had a relationship for more than five-years that started when the girl was 12-years-old.

Smith did not speak during Tuesday appearance. He is currently out of jail after posting $25,000 bail. He was ordered to appear again in court June 19.

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