Ex-deputy coroner Smith is a predator, says Schuylkill judge
POTTSVILLE — Former Deputy Coroner Edward C. Smith is a sexually violent predator, subjecting him to increased supervision if he ever leaves prison, due to his engaging in sexual activity with a teenage boy, a Schuylkill County judge decided Friday. However, the finding does not significantly affect Smith, 61, of Tamaqua, since a Luzerne County judge already had ruled him to be a sexually violent predator in another case.
“You understand what’s required of you under Megan’s Law, you have to register?” Judge James P. Goodman asked Smith on Friday. “Yes, sir,” Smith replied. Goodman told Smith that as a sexually violent predator, he must attend monthly counseling sessions for life, and that other people, including school superintendents and day care operators, will be notified if he lives in their area after he leaves state prison.
The sanctions against Smith for being a sexually violent predator are in addition to the ones Goodman already imposed on him under Megan’s Law at the time of his guilty plea and sentencing.
Smith, who also served as a deputy coroner in Carbon and Schuylkill counties, pleaded guilty Aug. 1 to two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and one of corruption of minors. Prosecutors withdrew charges of unlawful contact with a minor, statutory sexual assault, indecent assault, unlawful contact or communication with a minor-sexual abuse and knowing or permitting photograph or film depiction of a child sex act on a computer.
At that time, Goodman sentenced Smith to serve eight to 16 years in a state correctional institution, plus an additional three years on probation. He also imposed lifetime Megan’s Law sanctions on Smith due to the plea to the IDSI charges.
Goodman also made his sentence consecutive to the one of six to 20 years in state prison that Luzerne County Judge David W. Lupas imposed on Smith on May 8.
In the Schuylkill County case, agents from the state attorney general’s office charged that from fall 2015 through December 2016, Smith paid a boy for sexual acts and favors in Tamaqua. Police said the boy was 14 and 15 years old when the incidents occurred.
In the Luzerne County case, the state attorney general’s office had charged Smith with arranging to meet with a person he thought was a teenage boy — who actually was an undercover agent — in order to trytohavesex.
The Megan’s Law sanctions to which Smith will be subject once he leaves prison require him to provide his name, address, Social Security number, telephone numbers, photograph, employment, any schools he might attend, registration of any vehicles he owns and other information to the Pennsylvania State Police for the rest of his life. Any further violation of the sanctions would be an additional crime and again subject Smith to another prosecution.