Lovie’s son in­dicted for sex-traf­fick­ing

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - BY PA­TRICK FIN­LEY AND JA­SON LIESER Staff Re­porters MARICOPA COUNTY (AZ) SHER­IFF'S OF­FICE

Mikal Smith, who coached as a Bears as­sis­tant un­der his fa­mous fa­ther for three years, was in­dicted by an Ari­zona grand jury af­ter be­ing charged last week with sex traf­fick­ing, re­ceiv­ing earn­ings of a pros­ti­tute, money laun­der­ing in the first de­gree and more.

Lovie Smith has been the coach at Illi­nois since 2016. He coached the Bears from 2004 to ’12 and led them to the Su­per Bowl af­ter the 2006 sea­son.

Mikal, 43, was hired as the Bears’ de­fen­sive qual­ity-con­trol coach in Fe­bru­ary 2010. In 2012, his fa­ther’s last sea­son with the Bears, Mikal was the nickel backs coach.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­dict­ment, Smith and co-de­fen­dant Aprel Mae Ras­mussen are ac­cused of main­tain­ing a pros­ti­tu­tion en­ter­prise from De­cem­ber 2018 to Septem­ber 2019 in Maricopa County, which en­com­passes Phoenix and its sub­urbs.

They are ac­cused of en­cour­ag­ing a vic­tim to en­gage in acts of pros­ti­tu­tion. Smith also is ac­cused of com­pelling Ras­mussen to do the same — the charge of pan­der­ing is akin to pimp­ing — and of threat­en­ing and in­tim­i­dat­ing Ras­mussen and another vic­tim.

In all, Smith is charged with nine counts: con­spir­acy, il­le­gally con­duct­ing an en­ter­prise, first-de­gree money laun­der­ing, pan­der­ing, re­ceiv­ing earn­ings of a pros­ti­tute, sex traf­fick­ing and threat­en­ing and in­tim­i­dat­ing. He faces ar­raign­ment Sept. 10.

Smith played for the Uni­ver­sity of Ari­zona for two sea­sons be­fore earn­ing his de­gree at Carthage Col­lege in Kenosha, Wis­con­sin. He worked with the Cow­boys nickel backs in 2013, then be­came his fa­ther’s safeties coach for two years with the Buc­ca­neers. Mikal Smith

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