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Wauseon Man Found Guilty Of Sex Crimes

Justin A. Smith, 32, Wauseon, was found guilty of two counts of gross sexual imposition after a two-day bench trial in Fulton County Common Pleas Court.

In a bench trial, a judge hears the case and decides the outcome. There is no jury.

The trial was held Monday and Tuesday, July 22-23.

Smith was originally indicted by the Fulton County Grand Jury on March 18, when four counts of gross sexual imposition and two counts of rape were handed down against him.

In a press release at the time of his indictment, Scott Haselman, Fulton County prosecuting attorney, said between January 2011 to Dec. 25, 2012, Smith allegedly engaged in sexual conduct and/or sexual contact with two girls under the age of 13.

Following the trial, Smith was taken into custody and is being held at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio pending sentencing.

The conviction is the result of a Fulton County Sheriff Department investigation.

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