LOGAN — The case against a 34-year-old Nibley man, suspected of sexting a teenage girl and other crimes, is once again moving forward after evidentiary delays. Nicholas L. Smith was arrested more than a year ago after family members found “disturbing text messages” on his phone.
Smith appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He’s been charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of enticing a minor over the internet, all second-degree felonies. He also faces three charges of distribution of pornography and one charge of soliciting or distributing child pornography, all third-degree felonies.
Court records show the charges were originally filed against Smith in December 2017 and January 2018. Both cases were dismissed without prejudice in September 2018 after prosecutors were unable to gather evidence from investigators in England. The charges were refiled again in February 2019.
Deputies allege that 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 between 2012 and 2017.
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.
During Tuesday’s court appearance, attorneys for both sides said they were ready to move the new case along. They were ordered by Judge Brian Cannell to appear again in court June 25.
Smith did not speak during Tuesday’s appearance. He is currently out of jail after posting $25,000 bail and could face up to 15-years in prison if convicted.