Former Coach Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Sex

Former Coach Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Sex

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Former East High track coach Greydon Anthony Smith has pleaded guilty to unlawful sex.

Smith, who already has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for trying to entice a teenager over the Internet, admitted in state court Thursday to having sex with a 17-year-old.

Smith pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree felony unlawful sex in exchange for dismissal of six other counts.

Sentencing was set for April. The offense carries a possible penalty of zero to five years in state prison.

"I also would like to send some type of apology to the victim," Smith told 3rd District Judge Robert Hilder.

Smith, 46, taught physical education and health and coached cross country and track at East High School.

On Jan. 8, he said in an Internet chat which an undercover agent posing as a 13-year-old girl that he wanted to have sex with her. He arranged to meet her at a park in Layton, and was arrested when he showed up. He pleaded guilty in federal and on Dec. 1 was sentenced to five years.

Investigators found a Park City girl that he met on the Internet. They allegedly had sex at her home and at East High School.

Paul Amann, an assistant Utah attorney general, said he will ask that Smith's state sentence be served consecutively with the federal sentence.

"I think there should be a sentence that recognizes that this is a separate crime from the federal crime," Amann said.

Smith reports to federal prison Jan. 3 and will have to be returned to Salt Lake City for sentencing in state court.

The Salt Lake City School District placed Smith on administrative leave after his arrest, and he later resigned.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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