New charges filed against so-called ‘Spokane spanker’

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARE Author: Associated Press New charges filed against so-called ‘Spokane spanker’ center_img SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) New charges have been filed against a man accused of slapping the backsides of women along a popular hiking trail that runs through the eastern Washington city of Spokane.Jonathan Smith, 28, now faces charges in Spokane County District Court that carry more serious penalties, KXLY-TV reports.He is charged with 11 counts of fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation. Smith pleaded not guilty when he appeared in district court Friday.Smith was previously charged in Spokane Municipal Court.He was arrested April 20, a day after he went to the offices of KHQ television station, identified himself as the spanker and apologized to victims.Court documents released Friday say that Smith noted that in almost every incident he was sexually aroused before, during, or after each attack.Spokane police say they’re taking Smith’s actions seriously and don’t consider them a prank. Published: April 30, 2017 6:47 PM EDT last_img

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