Former local school bus driver pleads guilty to viewing child porn over the internet

Darrin K Smith booking photo from the Cache County Jail.

LOGAN — A 61-year-old former local school bus driver has confessed to viewing child pornography over the internet. Darrin Kay Smith was arrested in January after law enforcement raided his Hyrum home.

Smith appeared Monday afternoon in 1st District Court in Logan. He accepted a plea deal, pleading guilty to seven counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, amended to a second-degree felony.

According to prosecutors, Logan City Police officers monitored a local computer sharing child pornography through a peer-to-peer file sharing program in October and November 2022. The video files depicted seven children being sexually abused by adults or forced to sexually abuse each other.

Police tracked the IP address of the computer to Smith’s home in Hyrum. They executed a search warrant in January, taking several electronic storage devices as evidence.

During questioning, Smith reportedly admitted to officers that he was aware of the child pornography. He confessed to downloading and viewing the video files through BitTorrent Networks.

Police said there was no evidence to suggest any of the child pornography Smith was viewing was of local children.

During Monday’s court appearance, defense attorney Shannon Demler explained the conditions of the plea agreement. In exchange for Smith’s guilty plea, prosecutors agreed not to file any further child porn charges from the other electronic devices seized by police.

Smith remains out of jail after posting $70,000 bail. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 7, when he could face up to 15 years in prison.

Smith had driven bus routes for both the Cache County and Logan City School Districts. After learning about his arrest in January, the Cache County School District placed him on administrative leave. He is no longer employed by the district.

Smith is also the author of several local books about the history of Logan and has been a freelance newspaper reporter.


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3 Comments

  • Ted June 28, 2023 at 4:36 pm Reply

    I worked with this guy for years. He was ALWAYS waxing on about what a good and pious Mormon he was and how righteous he was. So, in other words, this doesn’t surprise me at all.

  • Moses the raven June 29, 2023 at 5:13 pm Reply

    You could replace mormon with catholic, southern baptist, islamic. There are evil men around the world that use religion as a cover, Even Hitler considered himself a christian. So you can not really bash the LDS faith, but just individual on this one.

  • branflakes July 1, 2023 at 4:06 pm Reply

    Lock him up. For a long time. Any person that looks at pics of children, like this dude did, is sick. Just sick. I hope everything I’ve ever heard about prison and men that abuse children is true and he’s a target. I personally know this guy and I’m disgusted. He needs to spend at least 15 years locked up to think about what he’s done and the impact child pornography has on the victims. I don’t doubt that with a perversion like his, that he’s violated a child. I hope the law has looked into that. Darrin I looked up to you. You are a dirty old man.

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