Ex-Bears HC Lovie Smith’s Sex-Trafficking Son Indicted


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Former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith

Mikal Smith, son of former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith, was arrested in Tempe, Arizona this week. He has been indicted on a number of costs associated to a sex-trafficking and prostitution ring he has allegedly been operating with a companion.

Arizona Legal professional Basic Mark Brnovich tweeted on September third that Smith, 43, had been indicted alongside along with his alleged companion within the ring, co-defendant Aprel Mae Rasmussen. Per Brnovich’s tweet, Smith has been charged with conspiracy, illegally conducting an enterprise, first-degree cash laundering, pandering, receiving the earnings of a prostitute, intercourse trafficking and threatening and/or intimidating. He has been charged with 9 counts complete.

A State Grand Jury has indicted Mikal Lee Smith, of Chandler, in reference to an alleged prostitution ring in Arizona. His co-defendant, Aprel Mae, is going through related costs. Smith is accused of utilizing fixed surveillance and threats of retaliation to maintain the sufferer (1/3) pic.twitter.com/PqSnQDqXf2

— Mark Brnovich (@GeneralBrnovich) September 3, 2020

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Mikel Smith Will Be Arraigned in Arizona on September 10th

Smith was charged on a number of counts linked to the prostitution ring final week. A report courtesy of NBC Information 12 revealed additional particulars about his arrest:

“Police say it was realized in August that Smith had a present grand jury warrant out for his arrest and police realized he was residing in Tempe. Police say Smith exited his dwelling and police defined why they had been there and he was taken into custody. Smith was booked into Gilbert Chandler Jail. Smith is being held on a $100,000 bond and his arraignment is slated for Sept. 10, in line with courtroom paperwork.”

Per the Chicago Solar-Occasions, Smith and Rasmussen allegedly ran the unlawful enterprise within the Phoenix, Arizona space from December of 2018 by way of September of 2019:

“In line with the indictment, Smith and co-defendant, Aprel Mae Rasmussen are accused of sustaining a prostitution enterprise from December 2018 and September 2019 in Maricopa County, which encompasses Phoenix and its suburbs. The 2 are accused of encouraging a sufferer to interact in acts of prostitution. Smith can be accused of compelling Rasmussen to do the identical — the cost of pandering is akin to pimping — and of threatening and intimidating Rasmussen and one other sufferer.”

Smith Served as Assistant Coach When His Father Lovie Coached the Bears & Buccaneers

Lovie Smith Bucs

Lovie Smith was head coach of the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Bucs, and son Mikel was on his workers with each groups. (Picture by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Pictures)

Mikal Smith spent three seasons on the Bears’ teaching workers, from 2010-2012. He served as defensive high quality management coach for 2 years earlier than spending his remaining yr with the staff as a nickelbacks coach. He additionally hung out as an assistant for the Cowboys, and he was the safeties coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013 when his father was the top coach there. Smith performed soccer in school at Arizona for 2 seasons.

His father Lovie is beloved within the state of Illinois and the complete soccer world. The elder Smith was the top coach of the Chicago Bears from 2004-12, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2014-2015 and he’s presently the top coach on the College of Illinois, the place he has been since 2016.

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